10 tragedies that rocked Gympie this year.
10 tragedies that rocked Gympie this year.

HEARTBREAKING: 10 tragedies that rocked Gympie in 2020

Every year, tragic events unfold across the region, and 2020 was no different.

In memory of the lives that were lost and other heartbreaking events, The Gympie Times has put together a list of 10 tragedies that rocked Gympie this year.

 

1. Two young men dead in Teewah Beach drowning tragedy

Two young men died and a child was taken to hospital after a drowning tragedy at Teewah Beach in the Gympie region on December 5.

Facebook image of Denny Jade Caballa, 37 and Richard Catbagan, 37 who died while trying to rescue their children from dangerous surf.
Facebook image of Denny Jade Caballa, 37 and Richard Catbagan, 37 who died while trying to rescue their children from dangerous surf.

Emergency services were called to Teewah Beach, Noosa North Shore at around 2.35pm in response to a drowning incident that resulted in the deaths of two men, aged in their mid 30s.

The men were later revealed as Richard Catbagan from Dalby and his brother-in-law Denny Jade Caballa from Kingaroy.

FULL STORY HERE

 

2. Gunalda crash victims "most caring couple you'll meet"

Lindsay and Robyn Jensen, reportedly from Glenwood, were travelling with their beloved border collies in early March when their car collided with an SUV in Gunalda, killing them both on impact.

Lindsay and Robyn Jensen were tragically killed in a head-on car crash near Gympie.
Lindsay and Robyn Jensen were tragically killed in a head-on car crash near Gympie.

Lindsay's brother Lyle Jensen said the world had lost two of the "kindest people you'll ever meet".

FULL STORY HERE

 

3. Gympie mourns much-loved resident dead in horror crash

The Gympie and Cooloola communities were in mourning over the loss of one of their own in a horrible two car crash at Tinana.

74-year-old Bev Nimmo was killed when her red Toyota Corolla collided with a white RV heading north on the Iindah Rd West Bruce Highway on-ramp.

The Gympie and Cooloola communities are in mourning after a fatal crash at Tinana claimed one of their own. Bev Nimmo (in red shirt) is being remembered for her sense of humour, while thoughts and wishes remain with Sylvia Kyte (in white) as she fights for life in hospital.
The Gympie and Cooloola communities are in mourning after a fatal crash at Tinana claimed one of their own. Bev Nimmo (in red shirt) is being remembered for her sense of humour, while thoughts and wishes remain with Sylvia Kyte (in white) as she fights for life in hospital.

"I'll remember her as the loveable lady she was, she had a very dry sense of humour. She made us all laugh and that's how we'll remember her," Bev's friend Marlene Owen said.

FULL STORY HERE

 

4. Family, friends to farewell a young life taken too soon

Much-loved local man Jorn Gilbert-Hall, 21, died in hospital after a terrible crash on August 6 on Yabba Creek Rd, Imbil.

His mother, Elle Hall, was one of the first auxiliary firefighters on scene - and she helped cut back the roof of the crumpled Toyota Camry before hopping in the back seat and holding her critically injured son.

The Imbil community is rallying behind the family of Jorn Gilbert-Hall, after he died in a crash.
The Imbil community is rallying behind the family of Jorn Gilbert-Hall, after he died in a crash.

He was flown to hospital in Brisbane, but died days later.

He was farewelled by the community that loved him so much in Imbil on August 18.

FULL STORY HERE

 

5. Valley mum remembered as incomparable, a real character

Ree Sutton lost her year long battle with cancer and will be sorely missed in the Imbil community.

Ree's heartbroken partner Paul Mines described her as "incomparable" and said he never knew anyone else like her.

Ree Sutton lost her year long battle with cancer late last week and will be sorely missed in the Imbil community.
Ree Sutton lost her year long battle with cancer late last week and will be sorely missed in the Imbil community.

Ree battled cancer for nearly a year, and a couple of months back moved back to Shell Harbour in NSW to be closer to her two children.

FULL STORY HERE