Mehraab Nazir: Tributes paid to British lawyer killed alongside his nine-year-old son in landslide in Australia

A British lawyer killed in a landslide with his young son while on vacation in Australia has been named, as his wife continues to fight for her life in hospital.

Mehraab Nazir, 49, his wife and their three children were caught in the landslide while hiking in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, on Monday afternoon.

The father and his nine-year-old son died at the scene and their bodies were finally found on Tuesday morning.

Mr Nazir’s wife remains in critical condition in intensive care, while his 14-year-old son is in stable condition after undergoing surgery.

Their 15-year-old daughter, who escaped the landslide and managed to raise the alarm, remains in hospital under observation.

The father worked as a financial lawyer for Watson Farley & Williams at the firm’s Singapore office after apparently moving with his family from London.

Paying tribute, the company said: “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 more earlier this week alongside her young son.

“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.”

The Blue Mountains of Australia in New South Wales

(Alana Calvert/PA)

The Foreign Office confirmed it was “providing consular support to the family of a British couple and their children following an incident in Australia” and was in contact with local authorities.

New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet called the incident “tragic” and said he would seek advice on whether the walking track should have been opened given the recent heavy rain.

“These tragedies happen too often, so anything we can do to keep people safe, we will do,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

“Obviously the Blue Mountains is a place where people like to trek. It is one of the wonders of the world, but when these tragedies occur it would be remiss of any government not to act.

The entrance to the walking track in Wentworth Falls has been sealed off while a review takes place

(Dean Lewins/AAP Image via AP)

Following the removal of the bodies, the NSW Department of Environment and Heritage announced that the area was closed to the public until further notice and that a “full review” would be undertaken.

“(New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service) has a world-class program in place to assess geotechnical hazards and keep footpaths and other infrastructure safe where possible,” he said in a statement. communicated.

“Unfortunately, it is not possible to predict and eliminate all natural hazards such as landslides, which can occasionally occur around the state.”

The department said the walking track was inspected in the days before the rockslide as part of a routine track assessment program.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.