Haunting detail in photo of boy before dad's tragic death

Tom Flanagan
·News Reporter
·2-min read

The family of a Victorian snorkeller who is believed to have been killed by a shark following a medical episode have released a tragic final picture with his young son.

Duncan Craw, 32, was snorkelling in waters off Port Macdonnell southeast of Adelaide on January 21 when he suffered a medical episode before being attacked by a shark, police believe.

A tragic last photo shared by Nine News shows Mr Craw’s son Levi happily playing in the foreground on the sand while his father swims in the distance, moments before his disappearance.

Warrnambool resident Mr Craw had taken his wife Taylia and their young son on a camping trip.

The tragic final picture of Duncan and Levi together. Source: Nine
The tragic final picture of Duncan and Levi together. Source: Nine

Hours after the picture was taken, police found damaged flippers and the following morning a wetsuit believed to belong to Mr Craw was located.

On January 26, a member of the public discovered human remains nearby.

His devastated family have since paid tribute to the father.

"He was the best father to Levi and a beautiful husband and best friend to Tay, his high school sweetheart," his stepsister Andrea Hamblin said in a family statement.

"He was a cheerful, loving, helpful son. He was a kind and cheeky brother to his sisters.

Duncan Craw is pictured.
Duncan Craw pictured with his son and wife Taylia. Source: Supplied

"He was a fun-loving, mischievous and supportive mate who had a heart of gold."

More than a week after their tragedy, Mr Craw's brother-in-law Bret Trigg said Levi was helping the family.

"The last week has been extremely traumatic for all of us but having Levi to look at, it's just giving us that little bit of strength to keep moving forward," he told Nine News.

Mr Craw was laid to rest and farewelled by friends and family on Sunday.

A GoFundMe page has been started to raise money to support Taylia and help with future expenses for Levi.

“Levi now knows his daddy is in heaven, and Duncan’s family and friends are determined to ensure he will remember how much Duncan loved his little man,” the fundraising page reads.

“Duncan lost his own dad suddenly at a young age and it would break his heart to think that Levi would not have his father to turn to as he grows up.”

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