- Shaun Oliver died trying to help a man rescue his four children from the water
- The children were trapped in the water at Wollongong City Beach on Sunday
- The father helped two of the kids to shore and another man saved a 10-year-old
- Mr Oliver managed to reach the 12-year-old boy, but got into trouble himself
A heroic father-of-three drowned while trying to save four children who had gotten in trouble in the water.
Shaun Oliver, 32, from Victoria, was hailed as a hero after he entered the dangerous surf to save a 12-year-old boy at Wollongong City Beach on Sunday.
His brother Nathanael wrote on a GoFundMe page that he had sacrificed himself to save the children, leaving behind his wife of almost 10 years and their three children.
‘Shaun has sacrificed his future happiness and shared life with wife Carla and three beautiful children to do what none of us hope to do in this lifetime… be tested,’ his brother said.
Shaun Oliver (pictured) from Victoria, was hailed as a hero after he entered the dangerous surf to save a 12-year-old boy at Wollongong City Beach on Sunday
‘Sadly not long before their 10 year anniversary, Shaun was faced with an ultimatum.
‘He chose to protect those who could not protect themselves. And he, and his family, have paid a heavy price.’
Mr Oliver died trying to help another father save his four children after they got caught in a dangerous rip at Wollongong City Beach on Sunday afternoon.
The father managed helped his two younger children to shore, but his older children – boys aged 10 and 12 – became caught in a rip.
An off-duty paramedic helped the 10-year-old to shore.
Shaun Oliver died after entering the surf to save a 12-year-old boy who was in trouble
The four children were all rescued, but 32-year-old was taken to hospital, where he later died
Mr Oliver entered the water and managed to reach the 12-year-old, but got into trouble himself.
A surfer reached the pair and helped the boy towards the beach, but Mr Oliver was swept out to sea.
Three police officers who arrived at the scene around 4.30pm entered the water and recovered Mr Oliver’s body.
The two boys and the off-duty paramedic were also taken to hospital for assessment
Surf life saving patrols do not recommence at Wollongong City Beach for two more weeks
Paramedics started CPR, but he was unresponsive. Mr Oliver was taken to Wollongong Hospital, where he died.
The two boys and the off-duty paramedic were also taken to hospital for assessment,
Inquiries into the incident are continuing and police will prepare a report for the Coroner.
Courtesy: Daily Mail Online