Heartbreaking scenes at emotional beach memorial as family and friends pay tribute to talented and determined teen who drowned out why he does bodysurfing
- Ivan Korolev, 18, drowned on a Sydney beach
- His life is remembered at Memorial Beach
Friends and family gathered to say goodbye to a teen who drowned while swimming with friends at a popular beach.
Ivan Korolev, 18, went missing while doing body surfing with friends at Freshwater Beach on Sydney’s northern shores last Saturday.
His companions frantically searched the water and continued their search on the beach to no avail before emergency services were called when he could not be found.
The teen’s body was found in the water the next morning.
There were grim scenes on the same beach on Saturday as friends and family gathered to celebrate the anniversary.
Friends and family of Ivan Korolev gathered Saturday to pay tribute to the teenager
Ivan Korolev, 18, disappeared while surfing with friends at Freshwater Beach on March 4
Pigeons were released as part of the passionate ceremony.
Ivan was remembered as a determined, modest and shy young man who achieved everything he set his mind to.
His mother, Anna Kolotukhina, broke down when talking about her son last week.
“Aside from being my son, he was my best friend,” she told Nine News.
“The sheer happiness he’s been experiencing these past few weeks has been unbelievable.”
Mourners watched as doves were released as part of the emotional ceremony
Ivan Korolev was remembered as a resolute young man who achieved everything he set his mind to
It is not clear how Mr. Korolev found himself in trouble in the water.
“I was told that he swam a short distance from his friends and they were talking and having fun,” said Ms. Kolotukhina.
His last words were “I’m so relaxed now I’m ready for bed”.
“God works in unexpected ways,” added Ms. Kolotukhina. was ready.
A GoFundMe program launched by Alina Yusupova’s friend to support Ivan’s family after his death has raised more than $13,300.
Family and friends console and embrace each other during the emotional service
“He was only 18 years old,” writes Yusupova, “and a gifted boy at the beginning of his adulthood.”
“He was always surrounded by loving and caring people who recognized his kind heart and his achievements in the sport.”
Last month, 31 people died in Australia due to drowning despite not having many major flood events.
Summer is often the peak time for drowning deaths in Australia. One in 10 deaths are from rescues gone wrong.
Ivan Korolev (pictured) was a talented teenager with his whole life ahead of him
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