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AustraliaFamily tragedy as father, 70, and son, 30, die in horror boat crash after son saved his elderly mother before going back for his dad

15:15  31 august  2019
15:15  31 august  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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A family has been struck by tragedy after a father and son died in a boating accident which saw the son save his mother's life before attempting to go back in for his dad.

The two men, aged 30 and 70, were travelling in a boat with two women at Wuruma Dam near Eidsvold, in the North Burnett Region of Queensland, on Friday.

They were all thrown into the water when the boat flipped about 5pm, police said.

Family tragedy as father, 70, and son, 30, die in horror boat crash after son saved his elderly mother before going back for his dad © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A family has been struck by tragedy after a father and son died in a boating accident which saw the son save his mother's life before attempting to go back in for his dad

The 30-year-old man assisted his mother, aged in her 60s, back to the shore before going back to find his 70-year-old father, Nine News reported.

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Glenn Cameron from Queensland Police said the younger woman managed to find her way to the shore by herself and was unharmed.

Family tragedy as father, 70, and son, 30, die in horror boat crash after son saved his elderly mother before going back for his dad © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The two men, aged 30 and 70, were travelling in a boat with two women at Wuruma Dam near Eidsvold, in the North Burnett Region of Queensland, on Friday Mr Cameron told Nine News the older woman was rescued by a witness who launched their own boat after hearing the accident.

'I believe their actions definitely saved her life,' he said.

Specialist police resources, including water police and divers, were assisted by a helicopter and SES crews as they scoured the dam into Friday evening and throughout Saturday.

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Family tragedy as father, 70, and son, 30, die in horror boat crash after son saved his elderly mother before going back for his dad © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The four occupants were all thrown into the water when the boat flipped about 5pm on Friday, police said

SES controller Brian Lowe said the incident was a 'tragedy'.

'They searched through til around midnight and we've been back here since 6am,' he said.

Family tragedy as father, 70, and son, 30, die in horror boat crash after son saved his elderly mother before going back for his dad © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Specialist police resources, including water police and divers, were assisted by a helicopter and SES crews as they scoured the dam into Friday evening and throughout Saturday North Burnett Regional Councillor Paul Lobegeier said it's difficult to navigate the dam as its hard to know what's underneath the water, The Courier-Mail reported.

'There's big trees with big roots only a foot or so under water,' he said.

'When we go boating we really have to keep a close eye on it and look at what's underneath us.'

Police will prepare a report for the Coroner.

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