An Australian Ninja Warrior star is mourning the death of his “fearless” brother to a snorkelling tragedy while swimming alone in WA’s Great Southern region.
Sam Colback’s body was recovered from the water at Muttonbird Island in Albany on Monday in what family have described as a devastating “accident”.
Ninja Warrior Australia: State of Origin winner Zed Colback told 7NEWS.com.au his family was shattered by the loss and how he “wished we could go on one last adventure” together.
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Several sweet photos shared online showed the brothers scaling rock faces, with pets and on other exciting getaways, with the pair regularly going on hikes, climbing and camping.
A lot of the time they would jump in the car without a plan and “just wing it”.
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“You’re never at the time thinking you’ll look back at those moments as (some of the final) memories of someone,” rock climbing instructor Zed said.
“We took every chance to get out and do something. We were on the same wavelength.”
Zed welcomed a daughter just two weeks ago and pledged that little Amara would be told all about her “crazy loving, big-hearted and fearless uncle Sam”.
The outpouring of tributes on social media and other platforms for Sam, one of 13 siblings, has been significant in the wake his death.
“Through Sam’s 24 years of life he brought a huge level of care and kindness everywhere he went,” his brother Josh Colback said in a post on Facebook.
Sam Colback died while snorkelling in WA’s Great Southern. Credit: Supplied/Colback familyAustralian Ninja Warrior Zed Colback, right, and younger brother Sam went on countless adventures together. Credit: Supplied/Colback family
“He had a love for the unlovely and his heart cried for those who sat on the fringes and in the shadows.
“If he wasn’t playing his djembe (drum) on the corner of some street with some characters, he might be with his friends and family, making them laugh and watch as he backflipped, juggled something dangerous or swung out of a tree.”
Josh described Sam as “passionate” no matter what he was doing.
“He was the entertainer who brought joy to everyone around him while at the same time had people questioning if he was still in one piece,” he said.
Sam’s large family is coming to terms with his death, and the outpouring of tributes online has been significant. Credit: Supplied/Colback familySam Colback was described as an incredibly fit diver. Credit: Supplied/Colback family
The family plans to hold a funeral in Albany and a GoFundMe campaign has been launched on their behalf to cover costs.
The tragedy comes after a swimmer drowned at Perth’s iconic Cottesloe Beach on Sunday, the first weekend of Summer.