Sea World helicopter crash victims bid farewell in Sydney

“If you knew my wife she would call me rude if I didn’t thank everyone so thank you for coming.”

He will travel to the Gold Coast on Monday afternoon to be with his son as he continues his slow recovery.

Pierre, a parishioner in his 50s, said Vanessa Tadros embodies the ideal of a loving family.

“We feel so much pain. Vanessa was so pure – just the best and kindest,” he said.

“Your mother is such a lovely woman who is so heartbroken.”


The service was conducted in Arabic and English by Coptic Orthodox and Lebanese Maronite priests.

Among those who came to pay their respects was Ranya, in her forties, who grew up with the Tadros family.

“The whole family is humble and they have been so supportive of each other in the midst of this terrible tragedy,” she said.

British couple Ron and Diane Hughes and pilot Ashley Jenkinson also died in the crash.


Jenkinson’s funeral was held on the Gold Coast on Friday.

Air Transport Safety Bureau investigators are not expected to complete their investigation into the accident until September 2024.


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