Friends share memories of accident victims
As tributes flow in, more is being revealed of the two men who lost their lives in a boating accident off Dampier a fortnight ago.
Matt Pennington, 29, and Lawrence Smith, 24 are believed to have died when their boat hit rocks at Mawby Island before dawn on Sunday, January 17.
In a post on the Pilbara News Facebook page, Gregory Thompson described Mr Smith as a dependable worker.
“Anytime Lawrence turned up on one of my jobs I knew it was going to be a good day,” he said.
“Efficient, competent and nothing fazed him.”
A page has been set up on fundraising website GoFundMe page to help cover Mr Smith’s funeral
costs at www.gofundeme.com/ tektm8xq.
Glen Sycamore said Mr Pennington was keen on mountain biking, taking to the Karratha Hills with the Burrup Mountain Biking Club like a duck to water.
“First time he came out he rocked up in his Joyce Krane fluoros and boots,” he said.
“I said ‘are you going to ride in that?’ and he replied ‘yeah I’ll give it a go’.
“Anyway, he came out and managed to keep up with us all.
“Because of his diving, his fitness was amazing. I was meant to be out on that fishing trip but I declined because I was a bit tired — that was my last message … to him.”
Mr Pennington had also bought a cattle farm in the Eastern States with his mother Gabrielle, and was working here to help pay off the loan.
“The farm is beautiful — he couldn’t wait to come back,” Mrs Pennington said. “He rang me every day. “He was a great son — I shall miss him terribly.”
Mr Pennington’s employer James Joyce said he had a desire to be the best at everything he did.