A Coronial inquest in to the tragic drowning deaths of an Invermay father and son has released its findings.

Timothy Skinner and his six-year-old son Connor Hart were swept into the ocean by a large wave while rock fishing with a friend in Bicheno last year.

The twohad gone to Bicheno along with Connor’s mother and friends for a weekend birthday celebration.

The inquest heard MrSkinner’s last words were “save Connor” after he wassmashed into the sea with his sonby a very large wave at a spot calledSuntrap Cove.

The friend racedto get help and on returningfound“Mr Skinner and Connor face down in the water”.

Connor’s body was pulled from the ocean that evening however his father’s body has not beenfound.

Inher findings CoronerOlivia McTaggart said it was a tragedywith Connor’smother losing both herpartner and son in “terribly traumatic circumstances”.

Ms McTaggart urged rock fishers to be vigilant and engage in safety measures such as wearing life-jackets and properfootwear.

She did not recommend signage be posted at the area.

“Members of the public are to be reminded that there are inherent dangers in being near the coastline in this area, which is exposed to open water in all directions,” Ms McTaggart said.

“The conditions may appear safe at first glance but may change instantly with large sets of waves or rogue waves moving through suddenly.”

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