Father and son found dead in camping tragedy

Louise Cheer
News Editor

A father and son have been found dead while camping north of Perth in Western Australia.

Police were called about 10.50am (local time) on Monday regarding a situation involving a boy who was not breathing on a beach area eight kilometres south of the Wedge Island access road.

A woman, who was the man’s wife, was also found in need of urgent medical assistance.

An RAC (Royal Automobile Club) Rescue helicopter flew the woman to Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.

A man and a child have died on Wedge Island. Pictured are emergency services at the scene. Source: Nine

She remains in hospital in a stable condition, a WA Police spokesperson told Yahoo News Australia.

Police and St John Ambulance staff also attended the scene.

A St John Ambulance spokesperson told Yahoo News Australia the woman was taken to hospital in a serious condition with a combination of suspected gas inhalation and hypothermia.

The spokesperson also confirmed a dog was found dead.

The state’s police minister Michelle Roberts said it was believed the tragedy unfolded after a fridge leaked gas, according to the ABC.

Premier Mark McGowan said the deaths were “very, very sad and very tragic”.

“The man's wife is in a serious condition. For everyone involved it is a shocking situation,” he said.

The deaths of the man and the boy, reported to be 11 years old by the ABC, are not being treated as suspicious, police said.

“Initial investigation at the scene suggests there may have been a fault with an item of camping equipment located inside the tent the family were sleeping in,” a statement from WA Police said.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services were on the scene to help with the safe removal of the camping equipment.

Investigations into the two deaths are ongoing and a report will be prepared for the coroner.

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