The young father who drowned to save his son’s life after a kayak jumped on the central coast is remembered as a “wonderful” man.
The young father who drowned in the Central Coast on Friday while carrying his son over the water is remembered as a hero.
Peter Finch, 33, and his son Jackson were kayaking off Guandalan on Lake Macquarie during the afternoon when their boat capsized.
Bystanders pulled the pair out of the water and administered first aid before paramedics arrived around 5:30 p.m.
Jaxon was evaluated by paramedics and was unharmed, but Mr. Finch was unable to revive him despite their best efforts.
He left behind Jackson, his wife Natalie and daughter Shelby, as well as relatives and several friends.
Natalie said she and her family sent their sincere appreciation to all the first responders who tried to save him.
“Thanks will never be enough,” she wrote in an emotional tribute on social media.
“Peter, my husband, my lover, my best friend, my partner in crime, my hero, I don’t know how to live without you.”
Ms. Finch said her husband has been her rock for nearly 18 years.
“I promise the kids will always know how wonderful you are, our hero,” she said.
“The boys and I love you forever and always, to the moon and back and back again, more than all the stars in the sky.
“Thank you everyone for your lovely messages and gestures, we live in a wonderful community.”
Andrew Craig, NSW Ambulance Inspector, said the accident off Guandalan was a “very emotional sight” for everyone who was there.
“It appears that the man heroically carried the child over the water when they capsized, saving his life. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of bystanders and paramedics, the man was unable to revive him.”
“With warmer weather fast approaching, it’s a tragic reminder of how dangerous water is and how quickly things can change.”
An online fundraiser was created to support Mr. Finch’s family, which raised nearly $20,000 in one day.
“Peter was a wonderful husband, a wonderful father and a wonderful friend. He gave his life to save his young son, and heroism was at its best,” said Janelle Hunter, organizer of GoFundMe.
“We thank everyone for their love and support during this difficult time.”