Secret Harbour: community rallies around family of man who died after snorkelling off Rockingham


Photo via justgiving.com
Photo via justgiving.com

SECRET Harbour’s close knit community has rallied around the family of a man who died in hospital after a snorkelling mishap off Rockingham at the weekend.

A crowdfunding campaign was started on Sunday afternoon to bring the family of Derek Noon (45), affectionately known as Degsy, from England to Australia.

The family moved to Australia a few years ago and it was supposed to be the start of a new life for Mr Noon, his wife Samantha and their children.

A fundraising goal of £2000 (about $3318) was set to bring Mr Noon’s mother and mother-in-law to Australia to help with funeral arrangements.

This goal was not just met by friends and strangers, but exceeded, with £4020 (about $6967) raised in just two days.

Angela Moffat started the campaign and wrote she “can’t believe I’m having to post this”.

Ms Moffat wrote that Mrs Noon and her two children were “completely devastated”.

“She is left out there (Australia) alone with very little support and no family to help her through this awful time,” Ms Moffat wrote.

A police spokesman said Mr Noon was rushed to Rockingham Hospital on Saturday, but later died.

“Mr Noon came to the surface in difficulty,” he said.

“The local volunteer sea rescue was dispatched and they conducted CPR.

“He was medivaced back to Port Kennedy and conveyed to Rockingham Hospital.”

Mr Noon’s death will be subject to a coronial inquiry.

He is the second diver to die after diving off Rockingham in less than a fortnight.

A man in his 50s died suddenly off Garden Island on November 19.

It is believed his death was caused by a pre-existing condition.