Sole survivor of St Georges Basin boating tragedy found dead

THE sole survivor of a boating tragedy that claimed three lives in St Georges Basin on September 16 last year has died.

A Sydney newspaper has reported that Matthew Dunn, the only man to be rescued after the incident, has taken his own life.

His body was found at Ashcroft in Sydney’s south west on December 21.

The 22-year-old was the father of three, and was said to have been severely depressed since the incident.

The men left Sanctuary Point boat ramp at 10pm in a tinnie with no motor and no lifejackets.

The South Coast Register was told that the capsize was caused after one of the men, believed to be Matthew Dunn, stood up in the boat.

It is believed the boat turned over about midnight.

Reports indicated at least two of the men had been drinking.

In the days following a massive search was conducted in St Georges Basin.

Mr Dunn was rescued at about 2am by Erowal Bay resident Jerry Brown who heard screams coming across the water.

The drowned men were Mr Dunn’s friends Scott Andrews and Michael Wright and his cousin Chris Lewis.

Michael Wright (38) had been living at Sanctuary Point, while Chris Lewis (19) had been expecting a child with his partner Theresa Glew at the time of the incident.

The baby girl was born last month.

A coronial inquest into the boating deaths will be held at a date to be set this year.

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