Australian dad and son lifesavers drown in traveler rescue bid

The Twelve Apostles in Port Campbell National Park, Victoria

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The Twelve Apostles are a popular tourist attraction in the rugged Port Campbell National Park, Victoria.

A father and son who were volunteer lifesavers have drowned while trying to save a traveler swept out to sea off the Australian state of Victoria.

The boat carrying Ross Powell, 71, and his son Andrew, 32, overturned as they tried to reach the male near limestone stacks known as the Twelve Apostles.

The 30- year-old tourist was winched to safety by a rescue helicopter along with a 3rd lifesaver from the boat.

Australian PM Scott Morrison commemorated the Powells.

” Browse lifesavers are selfless and brave,” he stated on Twitter.

” We thank them all for their service and extend our inmost sympathies to Ross and Andrew’s family and good friends.”

The occurrence has actually shocked the traveler town of Port Campbell, south-west of Melbourne, where the males were experienced members of the local surf lifesaving club. Floral tributes have been left at the club and flags there are flying at half mast, Australian media reported.

The traveler, who has actually not been called, was stated to have actually got into troubles while wading at the mouth of the Sherbrook River.

The lifesaving team triggered in their boat however it flipped over in the rough surf, local officials stated.

Andrew Powell’s partner, Amber Griffiths, explained the daddy and son as “two of the most the upper class to ever exist – always putting others first”.

The rescued lifesaver is in a serious condition in healthcare facility, Australian media reported. The tourist suffered hypothermia and is in a steady condition.

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