Trib­ute paid to lost fish­er­man

Pilbara News - - News - Louise Alling­ham

Al­most 40 peo­ple at­tended a memo­rial ser­vice for miss­ing fish­er­man Nor­man Bale last Sun­day at Kar­ratha Tav­ern.

Mr Bale went miss­ing a month ago after he launched his boat from Kar­ratha Back Beach to go crab­bing.

There were tears of both sad­ness and laugh­ter as fam­ily and friends re­mem­bered Mr Bale through pho­tos, speeches and sto­ries.

Four of Mr Bale’s fam­ily mem­bers were able to fly to Kar­ratha from New South Wales thanks to do­na­tions made to a Go Fund Me page.

Some mem­bers from the Kar­ratha State Emer­gency Ser­vice and po­lice joined in pay­ing trib­ute to Mr Bale.

The Go Fund Me page is still open for do­na­tions which will go to­wards the lo­cal vol­un­teer groups who as­sisted in the search for Mr Bale.

Mr Bale’s sis­ter Deb Bale thanked every­one who helped search and the Dampier Sea­far­ers who fed those in­volved in the search ef­fort.

Ms Bale also thanked those who set up and do­nated to the Go­FundMe ac­count as well as all the peo­ple who “prayed, loved, hoped and waited”.

Head to go­ to do­nate.

Pic­ture: Louise Alling­ham

Some mem­bers of the Kar­ratha SES and po­lice joined fam­ily and friends of Nor­man Bale at a memo­rial last Sun­day.

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