Many of you may be aware of the unfortunate event that occurred at the Port Campbell Surf Life Saving Club. Please take the time to read the following account of events.

On Easter Sunday, Port Campbell Surf Life Saving Club members father and son Ross and Andrew Powell (aged 71 and 32) and Phillip Younis were called out on a rescue mission in aid of a man in trouble in the treacherous waters around the Shipwreck Coast.

Unfortunately for the three men, a freak wave overturned their Rigid-hulled Inflatable Boat (RHIB) in very high swells and the three highly-experienced lifesavers were thrown out of the boat. Rescue helicopters were able to winch the patient and Phillip to safety, but Ross and Andrew tragically died that day serving the community they loved, having saved the life of the man in trouble.

Passionate dairy farmers and doyens of the small Port Campbell township, Ross leaves behind his wife Val and four other children. Andrew leaves behind his partner Amber, and his unborn daughter, due in August. Andrew and Amber recently took over the Powell family farm.

Phillip is recovering from serious injuries in hospital and is likely to battle both physical and mental issues as he lives on without his friends and colleagues.

This fund has been set up to assist Phillip, Val and Amber and their families as they come to terms with a life without Andrew and Ross.

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