A Singapore-based British lawyer killed alongside his son in a landslide in Sydney’s Blue Mountains has been remembered as a dear friend and colleague.
Mehraab Nazir, 49, was walking in Wentworth Pass near Wentworth Falls with his wife, 50, 15-year-old daughter and two sons aged nine and 14 when a landslide hit on Monday.
Mr. Nazir and his nine-year-old son died in the crash.
He was a partner at international law firm Watson Farley and Williams, which confirmed it was Mr Nazir and requested confidentiality from his family.
“It is with the greatest sadness that we have to confirm that our dear friend and colleague Mehraab Nazir, a partner in our Singapore office, tragically lost his life in a landslide in Australia earlier this week alongside his young son,” a firm spokesperson said. AAP.
“We will remember and honor Mehraab, however, with the surviving family members in serious condition or in shock, we ask that you respect their privacy and grief at this incredibly difficult time.”
NSW Police said on Monday all British family members were on holiday in Australia and were being assisted by the consulate.
The mother and 14-year-old boy suffered significant head and abdominal injuries in the landslide and were winched on Monday evening.
The couple underwent surgery and remained in critical condition on Tuesday.
Police recovered the bodies of Nazir and his son from the site with the help of PolAir helicopters on Tuesday morning.
A fifth family member, a 15-year-old girl, was treated for shock.
The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service said on Tuesday the tourist site would be closed for safety assessments.
“Unfortunately, it is not possible to predict and eliminate all natural hazards such as landslides, which can occasionally occur around the state,” the service said.
“The walking track where this incident occurred was inspected in the days before the rockslide as part of a routine track assessment program.”
Australian Associated Press