Fire captain responded to son's fatal accident
WEDNESDAY 9.30AM: RURAL Fire Service Brigade Captain Ernie Brownlee responded to the fatal car accident that tragically claimed the life of his son at Sandy Beach.
Luke Brownlee, 28, a father-of-three died of injuries sustained in the single vehicle roll-over on Holloways Rd.
Ernie - the long-serving captain of the Sandy Beach RFS Brigade and a well respected local mechanic - responded to the accident on Monday night arriving on scene to the heartbreaking discovery that his son was involved in the crash.
As fellow Sandy Beach brigade members and emergency service personnel comforted Captain Brownlee, a police officer (who is a trained nurse) and paramedics worked to save Luke's life, however he died of his injuries upon reaching Coffs Harbour Base Hospital.
Hearing of the tragedy involving the Sandy Beach brigade, NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons has spoken with the Brownlee family.
Commissioner Fitzsimmons said the service's condolences are with family, friends and fellow crew and brigade members.
"Tragically, due to the small communities some of our members live and work in, our volunteers are often exposed to family, friends and loved ones being involved in the incidents we attend," Commissioner Fitzsimmons said.
"The NSW RFS is offering every assistance and support possible to the volunteer's family and fellow members," he said.
Tributes to the father-of-three and RFS member have been posted on social media and funds are being raised for his partner Mel and their three children through a Go Fund Me Campaign.
MONDAY, 11PM: A MAN died following a single vehicle accident at Sandy Beach overnight.
The 28-year-old was the sole occupant of a Mazda wagon that rolled several times on Holloways Rd after the vehicle left the roadway around 6.15pm.
Emergency services were alerted after the vehicle came to rest in the yard of a property near a carport.
Coffs Clarence Police said paramedics and officers on scene attempted to revive the man, but he was pronounced deceased upon arrival at Coffs Harbour Base Hospital.
It is understood the vehicle was travelling east at the time.
A crash scene investigation is being conducted.