'Double Tragedy': Father And Son Identified As Victims Of SA Bushfires
Two people who died in the bushfires at Kangaroo Island have been identified as a father and son who were well known in their community, their family has confirmed in a statement.
Dick Lang, 78, and his youngest son Clayton Lang, 43, were killed while attempting to return to their property on Kangaroo Island after fighting a nearby fire for two days.
Dick Lang, also known as 'Desert Dick' was a pioneering bush pilot and safari operator who was well known in the South Australia community.
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His family, including his heartbroken wife of 55 years Helen, said Dick "opened up the outback to countless travellers from Australia and overseas."
Dick had been working in the field for more than four decades, first beginning to offer 4WD adventures in 1965. He would later begin taking tourists on aircraft trips to all corners of Australia and across the globe, including Papua New Guinea and Africa.
"He loved the bush, he loved adventure and he loved Kangaroo Island," his family said.
His youngest son who was also killed in the fires, Clayton Lang, was also a much-loved member of the local community.
As a prominent Adelaide plastic and reconstructive surgeon, he specialised in hand surgery at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Clayton is survived by his three daughters.
Dick and Clayton's family said they were "heartbroken" by the loss and reeling from the "double tragedy."
"We would like to extend our sincere thanks to the CFS volunteers, police and members of the Kangaroo Island community who are doing so much to help all those on the Island affected by these catastrophic fires," they said in a statement.
The bushfires that have ravaged Kangaroo Island in South Australia for weeks have burned through almost half the island.