Fi­nal mo­ments caught on cam­era

Narrogin Observer - - News - Jes­sica Cuth­bert and Shan­non Smith

The tragic fi­nal mo­ments of the 20-year-old man who fell to his death at the pop­u­lar Al­bany tourist at­trac­tion The Gap on Thurs­day were caught on cam­era by his friends.

The 20-year-old In­dian stu­dent, known as Ankit, was study­ing in Perth, and had been run­ning and jump­ing on the rocks be­fore he slipped and plunged more than 40m into the ocean while tak­ing a photo with friends on Thurs­day about 3pm.

The man’s friends re­leased the pho­tos in the hope it would warn oth­ers of the deadly dan­gers at the coastal tourist hotspot.

“It was like his hobby to take pic­tures in each and ev­ery mo­ment,” Ankit’s friend, Sahil, told Seven News. “It’s like a warn­ing for oth­ers.” The hor­rific mo­ment was wit­nessed by sev­eral oth­ers, in­clud­ing a mother and child on the plat­form.

Al­bany po­lice said the group of stu­dents were vis­it­ing from Perth on the day and were on the cliff op­po­site the des­ig­nated view­ing plat­form when the man fell to his death.

A wit­ness said he hit sev­eral rocks be­fore land­ing on a rock ledge at the base of the cliff.

He was then washed into the ocean by a wave.

The man’s body was re­cov­ered from the ocean about 4pm.

Al­bany Sea Res­cue’s Chris Johns said he was shocked by com­ments on so­cial me­dia af­ter the tragedy un­folded.

“Most peo­ple were mak­ing com­ment and hop­ing it wasn’t a lo­cal, but what bloody dif­fer­ence does it make? It is some­one’s son,” he said.

“We pull a body on board and it’s just a well-groomed young man, I think crap, he’s younger than my son. Why do peo­ple take com­fort in that he’s not a lo­cal? It’s no less tragic.”

Mr Johns said his crew had be­come vet­er­ans of this type of tragedy in the past few weeks.

“They were on the boat when we went down to get Sam Roth, that’s two sig­nif­i­cant op­er­a­tions they have had in their very short time in­volv­ing re­cov­er­ies of de­ceased young males,” he said. “My con­cern is al­ways for my crew, I’m pro­tec­tive of them and now we are see­ing the same fa­mil­iar thing, two young males and it’s a bit hard to trans­fer that.

“This is the 10th body we have re­cov­ered in nine years.”

The sea res­cue group vol­un­teers have now re­cov­ered two bod­ies in the past two months from the wa­ters off Al­bany af­ter the death of Samuel Roth in April.

Mr Roth was fish­ing at a re­mote lo­ca­tion near Low­lands Beach, be­tween Al­bany and Den­mark, when he was swept into the ocean by a wave.

The group has been in­volved in the re­cov­ery of sev­eral bod­ies in re­cent years, in­clud­ing two from the no­to­ri­ous fish­ing spot Salmon Holes, about 2km from The Gap, in the past three years.

Great South­ern po­lice Su­per­in­ten­dent Dom Wood said the friends of the man were left in a state of shock by the tragic events.

Supt Wood urged vis­i­tors to stay safe.

“We al­ways tell peo­ple to take pre­cau­tions when down in this area — it is a dan­ger­ous area, but if you take pre­cau­tions and stay be­tween the bounds, then these things won’t hap­pen,” he said.

Pic­tures: Lau­rie Ben­son

Friends at the scene.

This photo was taken mo­ments be­fore Ankit fell to his death.

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