Sisira and Themiya Gajanayaka death: Father and son died tragically after drowning at Crystal Cascades, Cairns

Sisira and Themiya Gajanayaka
Sisira and Themiya Gajanayaka drowned at Crystal Cascades


Two men drowned in a popular swimming site in Far North Queensland. Let’s see what happened to Sisira and Themiya Gajanayaka in detail.

Father and son drowned at Crystal Cascade:

A Melbourne father and his son sadly drowned at a well-liked swimming hole in the Far North, Queensland.

Police suspect the two victims were tourists in their 20s and ’30s who died at Crystal Cascades near Cairns. 

The 59-year-old and 21-year-old men, according to police, were swimming with a group of people on Tuesday afternoon at Crystal Cascades in the Redlynch Valley, west of Cairns. 

The authorities were notified shortly after 5 p.m. Swift water rescue teams from Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, paramedics from Queensland Ambulance Service, and police all quickly responded. 

The police says that two males are likely tourists and the officers will submit the report to the coroner. 

What happened to Sisira and Themiya Gajanayaka?

Sisira Gajanayake (59) and Themi Gajanayake (21), were taken from the water unresponsive at Crystal Cascade, around 20 kilometers west of Cairns, at around 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

The two Sri Lankans, who were thought to be tourists, were tragically pronounced dead a short while later. 

The officers suspect that the younger man helped the older man when he had trouble getting out of the water. When authorities were notified shortly after 5 o’clock, police, paramedics, and a water rescue team from Queensland’s fire and emergency service responded.

Emergency personnel located both males in the water. Though CPR was given by paramedics, both individuals were later declared dead. 

Sisira and Themiya Gajanayaka
Sisira and Themiya Gajanayaka 


Police statement:

Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) released the following statement after the double drowning was reported.

QAS says, “Queensland Ambulance staff implore all people that are using our beautiful waterways to take extra care and only swim in supervised areas, be aware of hidden dangers under the surface. Please pay extra attention to young children, especially during the predicted hot weather for the rest of the school holidays.”

Their deaths are not thought to be suspicious. A woman was treated for emotional distress before being transported to Cairns Hospital in a stable condition, according to a Queensland Ambulance representative.

On Tuesday afternoon, a rescue helicopter, paramedics, and swift water rescue specialists were on the site.

The police said that the younger men died after the older man encountered difficulties. The friends of Sisira and Themiya Gajanayaka have recalled them in heartfelt tributes.


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