Devastated family hit by third bushfire tragedy in less than two days
The family of a dad and son who died protecting their home from the Australian bushfires have experienced a third tragedy in less than two days.
Robert Salway, 63, and his son Patrick, 29, both died while trying to protect their property in Cobargo, a small township on the coast of New South Wales.
Their bodies were found when Robert's wife returned to the property on New Year's Day.
Now a family member has told of how Robert's elderly mother has also passed away.
“Tragically, we enter 2020 with the most devastating news of our lives,” Dean Hancock wrote on Facebook .
“We are all absolutely devastated. Broken…,"Mr Hancock, who is married to Robert's daughter Kellie-Ann, added.
He said his wife, who lost her dad, brother and grandmother in less than 30 hours, was "doing OK".
“Although, her family being cut off, both by road and communication, is making it very hard to grieve the way she needs to,” he said.
Mr Hancock said Robert and Patrick were “two of the most genuine and family-oriented men”. he had ever met.
“I am and always will be, honoured to have had Robert as my father-in-law and Patrick as my brother-in-law.
“You will leave a massive, massive hole in the dynamic of, not only this family, but the whole community.”
Patrick wife Renee paid tribute to him on Facebook earlier this week.
“I love you now, I love you still, I always have and I always will,” she wrote.
“I will see you again Patrick, my best friend.”
The couple had a young son, Harley.
The family have been hit by a fake GoFundMe account, which has been reported to the police.
However, an authorised fundraiser has raised more than $15,000 for the family.
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