A young surfer’s dream holiday with his mates has ended in tragedy after their 4WD plummeted off a 20-metre cliff at a remote coastal location in Western Australia.
In the days leading up to the fatal crash, Corey Ring, 25, had been exploring some of Australia’s most idyllic beaches along with his friends, Baxter Woodger and his girlfriend Tahlee De Clouett.
The Wollongong trio had just celebrated Ms De Clouett’s 21st birthday, sharing images of crystal blue waters from the beaches they had been surfing, fishing and camping at.
But that incredible adventure came to a horrific end on Saturday when their LandCruiser plunged off a cliff at Lyndon.
Mr Ring, a passenger in the car, was killed in the crash, while Mr Woodger and Ms De Clouett suffered suspected neck and spinal injuries and were airlifted to Royal Perth Hospital.
The young couple are now both in serious but stable conditions.
Images shared by WA Police show the crumpled 4WD sitting at the bottom of the cliff.
Mr Ring’s heartbroken grandfather said they held no grudges against anyone for the crash.
“He was enjoying himself, he was having a ball. Everyone’s very supportive of what he was doing,” he told the Illawarra Mercury newspaper.
“We hold no grudges against [Mr Woodger, who was driving at the time] – they were just good mates having a good time and this has happened.”
Ms De Clouett’s father, Christian De Clouett, said both his daughter and her boyfriend were expected to make a full recovery.
“Our family has been shattered by this event – and we are devastated by the death and our thoughts are with the family at this terrible time for us all,” he said in a statement.
“While my daughter and her boyfriend have suffered some serious injuries, they are expected to fully recuperate – they will leave hospital and return home to the Illawarra in due course and on the advice of doctors.
“As could be imagined, this is a very difficult time for our family, we are very appreciative of the kind support that has been extended to us all, especially from all the community in the northern suburbs and we would like to thank everybody for their kind words and best wishes.”