Tributes flow for young man who died while diving off Dawesville

Sam Hamilton died while diving off the coast of Dawesville. PIC: Facebook

A young man who lost his life while diving off Dawesville has been described as an ocean lover with a passion for life.

Sam Hamilton was kayaking with his partner off the coast of Dawesville on Sunday afternoon.

The 21-year-old decided to go for a free dive, but a short time later he resurfaced and was unresponsive.

His partner then activated an EPIRB which alerted rescue crews.

Sam was pulled onto a marine rescue vessel where they started CPR before a paramedic from the RAC rescue helicopter was lowered onto the boat to take over.

Tragically, he could not be revived.

Sam Hamilton had a love for the ocean. PIC: Facebook

Sam's uncle Jono Faulkner took to social media to pay tribute to his nephew.

"I can’t believe you are gone," he wrote.

"When I got the call my world crashed around me. I loved you like a son. We shared a love of the ocean and you went doing something you loved.

"I loved your passion for life. I loved your deep thoughts. I loved being on the boat and in the water with you.

"I bet the waters up there are amazing. Look forward to the day we can dive together again mate. Forever in my heart." 

Sam was studying physiotherapy at Curtin University.

Sam and his uncle Jono. PIC: Facebook 

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