After drowning while saving the lives of his sons in the deep water at Yallingup Beach, a father in Perth, Australia, has been hailed as a hero.
According to Acting Superintendent John Bouwman of South West Western Australia, the 55-year-old man from Morley, Australia, despite having little swimming experience, jumped into deep water to save his teenage sons when he saw them struggling.
He stated, “They looked like they were struggling in the water to him, and sadly, he drowned trying to save them.”
“They go to their kids’ aid when they’re struggling, thinking they can save them, like the majority of parents do.” He stated that paramedics and beachgoers attempted to revive the man for more than 30 minutes without success.
Just like everyone else, the boys were swimming straight off the beach. He stated, “They weren’t doing anything stupid.”
“I believe inexperience in the water is to blame. Many people have never taken swimming lessons as children. “Also, the father lacked actual swimming experience.”
Chris Peck, general manager of Surf Life Saving Western Australia, didn’t say anything about the incident, but he told people to be very careful on the beach this summer.
Peck stated to the ABC, “We do have a bit of a mantra in our organization, that’s that whether you’re boating, swimming, or surfing, it’s called respecting the ocean and understanding what the conditions will be like.”
According to him, there were no lifeguards on duty when the event occurred.
At six o’clock at night, there won’t be any patrols, Peck said.
From a West Australian standpoint, there are 13,000km [8,077 miles] of coastline that we must try to reach, so there is a limit to how far you can spread your resources. “Knowing what the conditions are going to be like,” Peck stated through the ABC.