‘Hero’ dad drowns while saving son after kayak overturns on lake

A dad-of-two has died in heroic fashion after successfully saving his four-year-old son when their kayak overturned.

Peter Finch, 33, and his son, Jaxon, were kayaking off Gwandalan on Lake Macquarie in Australia when their boat tipped.

The father managed to hold his son above the surface while treading water, before the pair were rescued by bystanders, 7NEWS reports.

New South Wales Ambulance Inspector, Andrew Craig, said: “Unfortunately, despite the best efforts by bystanders and paramedics, the man was unable to be revived.”

His son however was not physically injured.

Craig added that bystanders had “done an excellent job in rendering first aid to the patient before paramedics arrived”.

Peter’s wife, Natalie, has taken to Facebook to pay tribute to her husband, promising that their two children “will always know just how wonderful you are.”

She wrote: “Peter, my husband, my lover, my best friend, my partner in crime, my hero.

“I don’t know how to do life without you. You have been my rock for the last 17-and-a-half years. No one has my back like you do.

“You are the most amazing, fun, loving, beautiful Daddy… our hero. The kids and I love you forever and always, to the moon and back and back again, more than all the stars in the sky.”

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Natalie has also thanked the “wonderful” community for their “messages and beautiful gestures”.

She added: “Peter‘s family and I would like to send our heartfelt appreciation to all of the first responders who tried to save our beautiful Peter and for saving Peter’s precious son Jaxon, thank you will never be enough.”

A fundraiser has been set up in order to help the family financially following Peter’s death, with over $20,000 having been raised so far at the time of writing.

A report into his death will be prepared for the coroner.

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