Kayla Stubbs woke as much as a textual content message no associate ever needs to obtain.
It learn: “There’s been an accident”.
The 22-year-old is the girlfriend of Louis Eeles, who tragically died alongside his finest good friend Matthew Farr on Sunday when their 4WD plunged off a cliff north of Geraldton, in Western Australia.
That they had been tenting with a gaggle of six mates at a distant seaside in Perth’s Midwest area, about 10km north of Horrocks Seashore.
The 2 inseparable mates determined to go for a drive with one other mate late at evening, however at about 3.40am on Sunday, tragedy struck when Mr Farr’s Nissan Patrol went off a cliff.
One of many younger males survived the autumn, however Mr Farr and Mr Eeles died on the scene.
“I came upon by one in all his mates who discovered them on the scene,” a heartbroken Ms Stubbs advised information.com.au.
“He messaged me at 7am saying ‘there’s been an accident’. As quickly as I awoke and noticed it, I known as Louis’ dad and stated ‘one thing is flawed’.”
The pair have been later advised by police that the 2 mates had handed away.
Louis’ mom and brother have been in England on the time and acquired the primary flight residence.
“It’s been very arduous,” Ms Stubbs advised information.com.au.
“He and Matt have been simply so shut – they did every part collectively and spent virtually each weekend collectively.”
She stated everybody who knew them has been deeply affected by their tragic loss.
“Everybody has simply come collectively – the entire [Geraldton] neighborhood.”
Ms Stubbs, who started courting Mr Eeles, 22, after graduating from highschool 4 years in the past, described him as having a “cheeky” and “infectious” character.
“Louis had such an enormous coronary heart and was at all times pleased, he would do something for anybody,” she stated.
“He cherished life and he lived it to his absolute fullest. He cherished all his mates and his favorite issues to do have been freediving, 4WD, tenting, travelling, fishing and spending time together with his family members.”
Ms Stubbs stated he additionally labored very arduous to get to the place he was, with the 22-year-old having simply began his apprenticeship to turn out to be a refrigeration technician.
“He was so gifted and clever,” she stated of Mr Eeles. ”And he was so pleased with his achievements.
“He was my largest supporter and my rock, he at all times went out of his technique to present me how a lot he cherished me and at all times introduced out the very best in me.”
Ms Stubbs stated she was as a result of go on the tenting journey, however Mr Eeles insisted she keep residence to meet up with mates earlier than beginning a brand new job.
“I’ve simply graduated from uni in nursing which he supported me all through all of that. I used to be as a result of begin a brand new job and needed to meet up with all my uni mates earlier than all of us went our separate methods.
“I advised Louis I needed to come back on the journey with him too, however he insisted I keep and see the women and he at all times needed me to go to the markets on Sunday,” she laughed. “He cherished the markets and he hadn’t been in so lengthy so he insisted I am going.”
The younger nursing graduate described the previous 4 years with Mr Eeles as the very best years of her life.
“Louis was my every part, he was the love of my life and I don’t know the place I see myself with out him,” she stated.
Leigh Fulker, a workmate and good friend of Mr Farr’s, stated “the world is a worse place with out him in it”.
“I spoke to him that evening. I used to be having a couple of mates over in Perth and needed to see if he was round,” he advised The West Australian.
“He was simply such a beneficiant, selfless individual. I solely knew him for a few years, however my life is healthier off for the time he was in it.”
Associates of the boys have flooded their Fb pages expressing their shock over the tragedy and leaving messages of condolences to their households.
“Taken from us too quickly. Relaxation in peace Louis and Matt,” one individual wrote.
One other shared fond recollections of Mr Eeles.
“I labored with Louis whereas he was within the US for the Sea Cadet program. He was truly in my tour group in NYC. He was a pleasure to have, fast with a joke at all times smiling. My ideas and prayers are with you and the household.”
One other devastated good friend added: “Taken from us too quickly bro. Completely shocked to listen to this information. It was solely the opposite day I used to be speaking to you about that large huge HiLux of yours and the way a lot of a tough time your giving the copper for it. Will miss you lots bro.”
Ms Stubbs stated that her coronary heart additionally “breaks for Matt’s household throughout this time”.
“Louis at all times thought-about Matt as one in all his finest mates and once they have been collectively nothing else mattered.
“Louis and Matt will probably be ceaselessly missed. Their lives have been taken too quickly.”