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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : November 5th 2008
www.innerwestweekly.com.au THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2008 PHONE 9018 3592 80c incl. GST SHIREEN KHALIL Anton Fernando's friends reflect at the site of his death at Bayview Park boat ramp in Concord. Insets: Anton Fernando and his wife Vinoly and son Kevin. Main picture: PHIL BLATCH I was shocked and felt I could have saved him but the police said I did my best' ' Anton Fernando's fishing buddy MOHAMMAD ANWAR WHILE his wife, young son and parents grieve in Sri Lanka, the friends of a man who drowned at Concord are desperately trying to raise $10,000 to return his body to his family. Anton Fernando, 34, was fishing with hand reels at a boat ramp in Bayview Park when he slipped into the water face-down about 9.20pm last Wednesday. The Burwood Woolworths em- ployee, who lived in Strathfield with friends, could not swim. Neither could his fishing buddy Mohammad Anwar, who managed to grab his leg and pull him to shore and tried to revive him. Burwood police duty officer Constable David Cottee told the Inner-West Weekly police received an emergency phone call at 9.30pm. ''He was pulled to the edge of the water by his companion who raised the alarm with joggers who called 000,'' he said. When the ambulance arrived Mr Fernando was in cardiac arrest and paramedics attempted to resusci- tate him but he was confirmed dead at the scene at 10pm. ''Police investigations are still running and at this stage there is nothing suspicious and a report is being prepared for the coroner,'' Constable Cottee said. Mr Anwar was devastated when the police confirmed his friend was dead. ''I couldn't believe it, I said it couldn't be possible,'' he said. ''We've been good friends for the past couple of months when he moved into an apartment in Strathfield with me and when the police took me to show me his body, I was shocked and felt I could have saved him but the police said I did my best.'' ToPage2 a So far from home So far from home So far from home So far from home So far from home So far from home So far from home So far from home So far from home
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