The heartbroken father of a teenage boy who drowned in a Perth river said the police who were chasing him shouldn’t be blamed for his death.
Officers had been called to Maylands after reports the group had broken into a home and were jumping fences.
Chris’s father, Christopher, has appealed for understanding, calling it a “silly mistake” which turned fatal.
“Obviously, they were scared,” Mr Drage said.
“They were only young boys. I ask people not to be judgemental and I think we all make silly mistakes as kids.”
“It’s just tragic that they lost their lives.”
He added there is no anger over his boy’s death, just incredible sadness and pain.
“A lot of people want to blame other people, upbringings and police,” he said.
“But I suppose these young boys, that’s their way of having fun and unfortunately that cost them their lives.”
When asked if he had any anger towards police, he replied: “no”.
The families of the boys are organising a gathering at the river in Maylands on Saturday afternoon.
They say they want it to be peaceful and a chance for people to come together and grieve, not to blame anyone for the deaths.
Two other boys who jumped in the river survived. They were arrested but have not charged.