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Whitsunday Regional Council Mayor Andrew Willcox said yesterday’s drowning of two Asian tourists in the Airlie Beach Lagoon was a tragic accident.
“The hearts and prayers of the Whitsunday community are with the family of the father and his son during this incredibly difficult time.
“I would also like to personally praise the efforts of all who assisted during all rescue and resuscitation attempts.
"Obviously it was extremely distressing for everyone involved, both police, emergency services and civilians, and Council will offer, or put people in touch with, support services for counselling,” Mayor Willox said.
“Sadly drowning typically occurs quickly and silently, with very few people are able to wave their hands or call for help.”
The Lagoon will reopen tomorrow and Council will make available all information and CCTV footage to the Queensland Police Service, to assist the Coroner in preparing their report.