Sisira Gajanayake, 59 yo, and his 21-year-old son, Themiya Gajanayake, were found dead in a double drowning at a waterfall near Cairns, Queensland.
Mr Gajanayake is being remembered as a “kind-hearted person”.
A colleague said:
“Very sad and shocking news. I hope and pray these type of shocking sad news should not happen to anyone. Now his wife and other children are going to live without the husband and loving dad for ever.”
The father-son duo was found unresponsive while on their holiday. Mr Gajanayake’s friend Nakula Premaratine told 9News that these deaths were a tragedy.
“We all went for a swim and then suddenly the water level (went) up and his son jumped in to save him.”
The father and son were accompanied by Mr Gajanayake’s colleagues from the transport company Ventura Bus.
Emergency services were called when the two men started “struggling to get out of the water” about 5 pm.
Mr Gajanayak worked for Ventura in Melbourne for more than eight years.