A photo of Kenny, taken Christmas day, is one of the last taken of him.
A photo of Kenny, taken Christmas day, is one of the last taken of him. Contributed

Friends rally around son of man killed by lightning strike

FAMILY and friends are rallying around a young Caloundra boy whose father was killed by a freak lightning strike at Inskip Point.

Eleven-year-old Jason Dixon is still coming to terms with the fact he will not see his dad, Kenny, again.

The Dicky Beach father and son were on their annual Christmas camping trip at Inskip Point.

After a game of cricket on the beach late Friday afternoon, brewing storm clouds and lightning strikes at nearby Fraser Island prompted Mr Dixon and Jason to walk back to their campsite.

As they made their way to shelter, 42-year-old Mr Dixon was hit by a bolt of lighting and died.

Long-time friend Katherine Sanson said Mr Dixon was "a good bloke, a wonderful dad and a real joker" who would be dearly missed.

With Mr Dixon the sole parent for Jason, Ms Sanson has offered to open her heart and her home to the youngster.

"I will treat him like I would treat any of my other kids," she said.

"Kenny was a great dad. He'd do anything for Jason.

"They loved going to rugby league together and the beach.

"Jason was his life.

"All they had in the world was each other."

Gympie Times


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