Dear lifesavers,

As an update on the terrible outcome of the Easter Sunday rescue mission out of Port Campbell Surf Life Saving Club, where two of our lifesavers tragically lost their lives, I’m pleased to report that the third lifesaver involved in the rescue, Phillip Younis, is expected to make a full physical recovery.

The club, community and Powell/Younis families have been overwhelmed by the support they have received from you all – whether it’s with observing the one minute’s silence on the last day of patrol on Monday or sending personal messages.

They have been following the social media support from local, state-wide, national and international well-wishers showing how widespread our lifesaving family extends and how deep the respect is for those who put their lives on the line for the community they serve.

A donations portal has been set up through, where you can donate to the families of Ross and Andrew, as well as to the local and wider Port Campbell community thanks to Phillip Younis’ wishes.

I would also like to let you know funeral details, which are below:


Funeral for Ross and Andrew Powell


Where: Timboon & District Public Hall, 98 Bailey Street, Timboon

When: Friday 3rd May at 11.00am – 1.30pm (approx.)

Capacity: the Hall holds around 400, and there will be broadcast screens outside where shelters will be provided. If you can let the immediate family and friends take first place in the hall, with other well-wishers based outside.

Dress: members are welcome to wear club colours, be comfortable and warm, bring umbrella’s and wet weather gear.

Burial: will take place at Scotts Creek Cemetery after the service

Wake: will be held at Port Campbell SLSC


Transport Melbourne:

A number of buses have been organised from Melbourne, if you are interested in utilising, please register your EOI here.

  1. Departing Melbourne 4.30pm / arrive 8.30pm * note see accommodation options below
  2. Departing Melbourne 7am / arrive 10.30am
  3. Returning Melbourne 7pm / arrive LSV 10:30pm

Transport and Parking in Port Campbell

A number of buses have been organised from Port Campbell to Service / Burial / Wake, if you are interested in utilising services, they will depart from 10am, see details in link. Note limited parking will be available.

Pope Bus lines will be running services between the Port Campbell and Timboon Hall from 10am, with services to Cemetery and Club.

Note a number of road closure and traffic controls will be in place.

See link for Parking and Bus Service details here


For assistance with accommodation please contact the Port Campbell Information centre on: Book here, call 1300 137 255 or email: 

Wear Red on May 3rd

For those who cannot make the funeral, we ask that you wear red on the day as a mark of respect to the Powell and Younis families, and to support the local community and Port Campbell Surf Life Saving Club, whose club colour is red.


Member Support Evening 1st May @ LSV

As well as support offered to those affected locally, LSV would like to extend support for all member and staff whilst processing the very sad outcome.

LSV will host a night upstairs at State Centre on Wednesday 1st May from 5pm, Benestar our EAP will have counsellors onsite and present a general presentation on trauma, self-welfare and the effect such events can have on yourself and those around us. 

All members are welcome to attend any time from 5pm onwards, with the opportunity to chat with fellow members, pay your respects and reflect.

The counsellor will also be available to provide individual counselling services to any members that feels they would like this support. These sessions are optional and confidential with individual follow up to be provided as required.

Once again, thank you for your immense support of the Port Campbell Surf Life Saving Club and its members during this difficult time and I hope to see you at the LSV event on Wednesday, or the funeral on Friday.


Yours sincerely,

Paul James, LSV President


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