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Man and daughter drown at Port Lincoln

 

May 2019

A man and his young daughter drowned after being hit by a freak wave on a rocky outcrop on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula on Catholic Easter Sunday.

The 35-year-old man from the Adelaide suburb of Holden Hill and his five-year-old daughter were taking photographs at the Whaler’s Way Sanctuary at Cape Carnot, south of Port Lincoln, when they were swept into the ocean.

Signs at the site warn visitors of the dangers of the area.

SA Police Super-intendent Paul Bahr said he understood bystanders had assisted by stopping others from jumping into the water, and said he would discourage anybody from jumping into dangerous waters, no matter the circumstances.

"There are very strong currents, very strong swells, very strong waves, your chances of survival in the water here would be very slim.

"Your best response is to stay on shore, observe and try and get something to the person that will assist them to float."

He said the area was well-known for its dangerous waters and the incident had left him with a "hollow feeling".

Glenn Theakstone, the co-owner of Whaler’s Way Sanctuary, said "no photo is worth your life".

"Unfortunately, I think that’s what’s happened here," he said.

"They’ve gone to take a selfie with the white spray behind them and it’s washed them off the rocks."

He said there was also "a lot of close calls" in the area.

Brent Haldane’s son Jordan stopped another man from jumping in the sea to save the pair.

"What a horrible emotional day we witnessed today," Brent Haldane posted to Facebook.

"Two lives lost in front of our eyes — helpless as they vanished instantly, something I wish no-one has to ever deal with.

 

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