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'Gentle soul' British dog breeder dies in floods while on way to royal event

After his van was submerged in floodwaters near Sydney, a UK-born dog breeder died.

Tony Ikin, father-of-two, was on his way towards the Royal Easter Show which will be officially opened Saturday by Princess Royal. He got caught in rising floodwaters.

Robert Zammit, Robert’s friend, said that the 68-year old was a respected and well-known dog breeder and judge. He described him as a “gentle soul” who would help everyone.

Australia’s Nine News reported that Mr Zammit said Mr Ikin loved his dogs and was a gentle human being.


He said that Tony was not someone who would take on a risk.

“He left his home to attend the Royal Easter Show in an early hour, otherwise it would have been dark.

“He must not have thought it too deeply.”

Image Princess Anne at the Royal Easter Show, Sydney. Mr Ikin was due to attend

According to New South Wales Police, the body of Mr Ikin was found in his van at Cobbitty on Friday morning. It is located 43 miles southwest from Sydney’s central business districts.

Australia declared a state of emergency last month following massive floods in large areas of the country, which claimed dozens of lives.

A thorough investigation is underway into the circumstances leading to Mr Ikin’s tragic death. The coroner will receive a report.


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