Wife's Tribute To Husband Who Died Defending Home From NSW Bushfires
A heartbroken wife has paid tribute to her husband and "best friend" who died while trying to defend their family home from a horror bushfire on the NSW South Coast.
Patrick Salway and his father Robert stayed back to defend their home and farm equipment north-west of the town of Cobargo on Monday night but had been unsuccessful.
Police said Patrick's mother found their bodies when she returned to the home on Tuesday morning. Premier Gladys Berejiklian also confirmed the men's deaths on Tuesday.
Patrick's wife, Renee, paid tribute to her husband, the father of her young son, on New Year's Eve.
"Thank you everyone for your concern. We are broken," she wrote on Facebook.
"I love you now, I love you still, I always have and I always will. I will see you again Patrick, my best friend."
"Hope you are up there 'fixing things in the stars tonight'."
Friends have also paid tribute to the young dairy farmer, with one woman writing on Facebook, "only the best leave us so young".
"Just gutted... I have no words. Fly high mate, ride all the best ones up there," she wrote.
Fretting families and tireless firefighters have rung in the new year watching a cool change wreak further havoc across NSW's fatal firegrounds.
As fire authorities predicted the loss of multiple homes, a telecommunications outage left families on New Year's Eve unable to contact loved ones on the fire-ravaged south coast.
A 72-year-old man remains missing 50km north of Cobargo but police have been unable to safely reach his property.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian is expected to visit south coast communities on Wednesday after receiving a briefing at RFS headquarters.