/Father and daughters bodies pulled from ocean after freak wave swept them from rocks

Father and daughters bodies pulled from ocean after freak wave swept them from rocks

Updated

April 22, 2019 14:13:48

The bodies of a man and his young daughter who drowned after being hit by a freak wave on a rocky outcrop on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula have been recovered.

Key points:

  • A father and daughter were washed off the rocks at Cape Carnot near Port Lincoln on Sunday
  • The girl’s body was recovered last night and the man was found this morning
  • The area is notorious for dangerous waves and there are signs warning people not to get too close

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 yesterday afternoon.

It is understood a bystander stopped another man from diving in to try and save them.

The bodies were spotted yesterday afternoon but rough conditions hampered recovery.

The girl’s body was pulled from the water last night and the man was found this morning.

Police will prepare a report for the coroner.

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

Warning not to repeat mistake

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.

“It is quite a dangerous area if you do not respect it, of course,” Mr Theakstone said.

“The stories will go on and on and I don’t know how to stop it unless you close the gates and then millions of people throughout the world will not be able to see it.”

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.

“Please hug your family members that bit closer every day from now on — life’s too precious not to.

“RIP little one, with your dad forever.”

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First posted

April 22, 2019 10:18:24