Friends share mem­o­ries of ac­ci­dent vic­tims

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr and Tayissa Barone

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.go­fun­ 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.

Pic­ture: In­sta­gram

Lawrence Smith.

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