Tributes are flowing in for 48-year-old Toby Carr who was identified yesterday as the kayaker who died in the flooded waters of the Murrumbidgee River near Point Hut Crossing on Sunday (9 August).
Mr Carr left behind his wife of 11 years, Tania, and two children. Family and friends have taken to Facebook to offer their condolences.
“I have no words,” one wrote, “Toby was a great guy, thinking of you and your family xx.”
Another said: “I have such fond memories of growing up in Hungerford with Toby. My thoughts and love are with you and all of your family at this most tragic of times.”
Paddling friends, who were with Mr Carr on the river, said he was an “experienced and capable kayaker [who] became submerged on a man-made structure and was fatally entrapped”.
“There was a large group of experienced and qualified paddlers, river rescue experts and public who rendered immediate support and tirelessly established mechanical systems to effect a rescue,” a statement released on Kayak Canberra by paddling friends said.
“Unfortunately the paddler was unable to be rescued and his body was recovered many hours later at the site by police personnel after water levels had abated.
“Many people were present at the rescue site and it is acknowledged that they will be deeply impacted. Our thoughts go to the paddler’s family who are mourning the loss of a dedicated and loving husband, father and son.”
A memorial service for Mr Carr’s close family and friends will be held on Thursday (20 August) with a live stream from 10:00 am at The George Harcourt Inn at Gold Creek for those in the community who wish to pay their respects next week.
A link will also be made available for people to watch online in the coming days.