Tributes have been paid to a British lawyer caught in a deadly rockslide on a mountain trail west of Sydney in Australia.
Mehraab Nazir, 50, and his nine-year-old son died in the incident while out hiking with their family in the Blue Mountains National Park on Monday.
Mr Nazir’s wife remains in a critical condition in an intensive care unit while their other son, who is 14-year-old, has undergone surgery and is in a stable condition.
The couple’s 15-year-old daughter, who alerted emergency services after the horrifying landslide, remains under observation.
Mr Nazir’s employer, law firm Watson Farley & Williams, said it would be “remembering and honouring” him at what was an “incredibly difficult time”.
A spokesperson said: “It is with the greatest sadness that we must confirm that our dear friend and colleague Mehraab Nazir, a partner in our Singapore office, tragically lost his life in a landslide in Australia earlier this week alongside his young son.
“We will be remembering and honouring Mehraab, however, with the surviving members of the family in serious conditions or in shock, we ask that you respect their privacy and grief at this incredibly difficult time.”
Following the removal of the bodies from the Wentworth Pass area, the New South Wales Department of Environment and Heritage announced it was closed to the public until further notice and a “comprehensive review” would be undertaken.
The department added that the walking track was inspected in the days before the rockslide.
A British High Commission spokesperson said: “We are supporting the family of a British couple and their children following an incident in the Blue Mountains.
“Our staff in Australia are in contact with local police.”
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