Hero Dad Dies Saving His Toddler From Drowning During Kayak Accident

by Thad Mitchell

A tragic scene unfolded over the weekend in Gwandalan, Australia and a now-deceased dad is being hailed a hero.

Peter Flinch, a father of two youngsters, saved his son’s life by giving his own in a deadly kayaking incident. Flinch was able to save his son’s life but he paid the ultimate price as resuscitation attempts at the scene were unsuccessful.

According to reports, the kayak carrying Flinch and also his 4-year-old son capsized as the two floated along the river. Unable to keep his footing, the hero dad lifted his young above the water and tried to tread water. Both Flinch and his son were pulled from the water as onlookers rushed the scene in an effort to help the struggling duo. They were able to bring the two on shore and resuscitation attempts began immediately and emergency services were contacted.

Arriving at the scene of the incident, paramedics tried to save Peter Flinch’s life but they were unsuccessful. He died at the scene early Friday evening. Flinch is now rightfully being remembered as a hero for his selfless acts in saving his son.

Flinch leaves behind two young children and a partner, Natalie, of 17 years. Thanks to his heroic actions, the family will continue forward. In an emotional social media post, Natalie Flinch calls her husband a hero and wonders how she will go on without him. Friends and other members of the Flinch family also paid tribute to the hero dad.

Hero Dad Honored By Family and Friends

In her heartfelt Facebook post, Natalie says Peter will remain in their hearts always and forever. As you can understand, this happening has been extremely hard on her the children she shared with Peter, who she calls he “hero.”

“Peter, my husband, my lover, my best friend, my partner in crime, my hero, I don’t know how to do life without you!” she says. “You have been my rock for the last 17-and-a-half years. No one has my back like you do! You are the most amazing, fun, loving, beautiful daddy. I promise the kids will always know just how wonderful you are, our hero. The kids and I love you forever and always, to the moon and back and back again, more than all the stars in the sky.”

She goes on to call her late husband a “kind and gentle” man that was devoted to his family.

“Our family and friends are so heartbroken,” she says. “The world is a smaller place now.”

A Gofundme page has been set up to support the Flinch family during these trying times. As of Tuesday afternoon, the page has collected a little over $23,000.

“On October 1 we lost a son, brother, husband, dad, uncle, friend, to a horrible accident,” the page description says. “Peter was an amazing husband, an amazing dad and an amazing friend. He sacrificed his own life to save his little boy, a hero at its finest.”