'Larger Than Life' Father And Son Mourned After Bushfire Tragedy
Tributes from across Australia are flowing for a well-known and respected father and son, killed in the Kangaroo Island bushfires in South Australia.
Iconic bush pilot Dick Lang and his surgeon son Clarry died as they tried to flee the blaze.
Dick, 78, was described by close friend and the Island's mayor Michael Pengilly as a gentleman.
"He was a larger than life character and he was so well known in the outback and he flew people back and forward to the outback for years," Pengilly said.
"He was a gregarious character. Never a bad word for anyone, always a beaming smile, just a lovely bloke. I feel terrible about it."
A lover of life and luxury cars, a record-breaking water ski across Lake Eyre in 1974 was just one of the many feats he will be remembered for.
His son Clayton, 43, was also tragically killed in the savage blaze. He leaves behind wife Christie and daughters Sophia, nine, and Madeline, five.
Known as "Clarry", Clayton was a leading Adelaide surgeon specialising in hand surgery.
Fellow surgeon and friend Randall Sach says he was highly respected, and instrumental to the treatment of advanced melanoma.
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital team in Adelaide said it was mourning a colleague "with a larger-than-life personality".
"His patients loved him, he was that sort of doctor," the hospital said.
"Patients spoke very highly of him and his care."
The bushfires in Kangaroo Island are expected to continue to burn over the coming days, with dozens of home feared lost.