I just read this story on Courier Mail and found myself almost in tears. How tragic. I feel so terribly sad for him and his family, I also feel for the young man who tried so hard to rescue him and lost him, I cant imagine he will ever fully recover from something like that. Matthew sounds like a wonderful young man who had a bright future. Sometimes life is so very unfair.
RIP Matthew, may you be remembered and inspire others.
Matthew Barclay torn from young rescuer's hands | The Courier-Mail
Matthew Barclay, 14, honoured by surf lifesaving community after he drowned at Kurrawa during the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships | The Courier-Mail