April 9, 2022, 07:25
A British-born dog breeder has died after being caught in flooding in Australia.
Tony Ikin was on his way to a dog show when his van was submerged by rising waters in Cobbity, on the outskirts of Sydney.
The body of the father-of-two, who is believed to have been a respected rancher and judge, was found in the vehicle after NSW Police deployed a helicopter and divers.
The 68-year-old was due to arrive at the Royal Easter Show, which was due to be opened by Princess Anne on Saturday.
Mr Ikin’s Facebook page listed his birthplace as Birmingham.
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His friend Robert Zammit said: “I loved his dogs, of course, but just a sweet human being.
He described him as a “sweet soul” who would “help everyone”.
“Tony was not the person who would take a risk. He left the house to come to the Royal Easter Show early, it would have been dark,” he told Nine News.
“He must have thought it wasn’t too deep.”
The wider area where Mr Ikin died, Camden, suffered its third flood in the past month as the Nepean River overflowed.
A national emergency was declared in March after floods swept through swaths of the east coast. Dozens of lives were lost.
An inquest into Mr. Ikin’s death is ongoing.
The tragedy comes just days after a British father and son were killed when their family fell victim to a landslide in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney.