Neil Edmonds, father of Peter, raises both arms skywards after scattering his sons ashes in the ocean off Lennox Head.  Peter, 16, of Wollongbar, died after being attacked at North Wall, Ballina, on April 8.
Neil Edmonds, father of Peter, raises both arms skywards after scattering his sons ashes in the ocean off Lennox Head. Peter, 16, of Wollongbar, died after being attacked at North Wall, Ballina, on April 8.

Ashes of shark victim scattered in sea he loved

FAMILY, friends and fellow surfers gathered at Lennox Head on the weekend to bid one final farewell to Ballina shark attack victim Peter Edmonds.

Peter, 16, of Wollongbar, died after being attacked at North Wall, Ballina, on April 8.

On Saturday morning, Peter's ashes were scattered into the ocean.

After a brief ceremony on the beach at the Lennox Head spot known as the Boat Channel, friends and surfing mates performed a symbolic paddle-out.

Peter's father, Neil, a keen surfer himself, paddled out with his son's ashes.

Lisa, his mother, and other family members and friends were taken out in the Lennox Head-Alstonville surf club's inflatable rescue boat.

Surrounded by a ring of surfers, and with Lisa by his side in the boat, Neil poured Peter's ashes into the ocean.

A deeply religious man, Neil then raised both arms skywards.

Among those attending the ceremony was Brock Curtis-Mathew, who was bodyboarding with Peter at the time of the attack.

Brock heroically returned Peter to the beach in an effort to save his mate.

Members of the Lennox Longboarders, a club which Peter and his father were members of, formed a guard of honour with their malibu surfboards as Neil entered the water.

Peter was remembered by all who knew him as a 'gentle giant' and one of life's true gentlemen.

At his funeral, his sister Shelley said: "Surfing was his life. His wish was to die in the surf. He died doing what he loved."

On Saturday, Neil said the ceremony gave the family closure.

Peter now rests eternally in the ocean he loved so much.


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