Family’s trip to the beach turns into a nightmare as beloved dad dies saving his kids from a rip before his horrified wife has a heart attack while trying to pull his body out of the water
- Father-of-two drowned as he saved his children at NSW south coast beach
- Brad Coleman was holidaying with wife Hulya and children Raiden and Aleyna
- Children were caught in rip when Mr Coleman swam into the water to save them
A father-of-two died after saving his two children from drowning while on a family holiday at a popular beach.
Brad Coleman, 40, was on a getaway with his wife Hulya and their children Raiden, 13, and Aleyna, 11, at Hyam’s Beach, on the south coast of NSW, on March 4.
Their idyllic holiday turned into a nightmare when the children were dragged into a strong rip, Mr Coleman drowned after saving them and his wife suffered a heart attack while trying to pull her husband’s body out of the surf.
The family took this photo only hours before the tragedy. Brad Coleman, pictured with his wife Hulya and children Aleyna and Raiden, died after saving his kids from a rip on a NSW beach
Mrs Coleman decided to stay back and was standing on the balcony of the holiday home as she watched the trio swim in the water at Hyam’s Beach (pictured)
The family had regularly visited the holiday spot but were unable to make the trip the last three years because of Covid restrictions.
The excited Colemans had not even unpacked their car at their holiday home before they posed for a family photograph and decided to take a dip at the nearby beach.
Mrs Coleman decided to stay back and was standing on the balcony of the holiday home as she watched the trio swim in the water.
Raiden and Aleyna were suddenly pulled into a strong rip before they screamed for help.
Mr Coleman swam after his children and nearby beachgoers jumped onto their bodyboards to join in on the rescue.
The two children were safely brought back to shore but Mr Coleman struggled to make it back and drowned after suffering a massive heart attack.
His devastated wife rushed down to the surf and suffered a minor heart attack as she tried to pull her husband’s body from the water.
‘I’ve lost my best friend,’ Mrs Coleman told Daily Telegraph. ‘I never thought I’d ever be a widow. This is a nightmare that I keep thinking I’ll wake up from …. then I realise it’s true.’
Mrs Coleman and her children were transported by paramedics to Prince of Wales Hospital.
Mrs Coleman described her late husband as her ‘eternal hero’ and said he would have fought ‘long’ and ‘hard’ while he was trapped in the surf
The devastated mother was admitted to hospital last week after suffering from broken heart syndrome – a temporary heart condition brought on by intense grief.
She was delivered another blow hours after leaving the hospital as she was informed her elderly father had passed away while in palliative care.
She described her late husband as her ‘eternal hero’ and said he would have fought ‘long’ and ‘hard’ while he was trapped in the surf.
Close family friend Jennifer Couttas said Mrs Coleman was beside herself with grief.
Mr Coleman’s brother Scott has launched a GoFundMe to raise money to support the family.
Mrs Coleman and her children were transported by paramedics to the Prince of Wales Hospital
‘His family must face a future without him, their lives changed in an instant in the most painful manner,’ he wrote.
‘Brad was my brother, my best friend, and the best man I knew. On behalf of my family, I am setting up this Gofundme to support Hulya and the children. It is open to anyone who can contribute.
‘Any donation you can make, small or large, to assist in the long-term support of Brad’s family will be gratefully and humbly received.’
More than $23,000 has already been raised – smashing the target of $20,000.