Dad's desperate attempt to save boy, 13 and girl, 4, trapped in submerged car

A married couple is distraught after their car with the family of six crashes into a dam and kills their two oldest children.

The parents are named as Dylan Wadley and Mel Martin, who survived the horror with five-week-old daughter Hope and their one-year-old son Ace.

Tragically, Mel’s 13-year-old son Leo and four-year-old daughter Mia did not survive the traumatic accident, despite Dylan’s desperate attempts to open the car.

The family had traveled back home to Pratten, Australia, from Pimpama on Sunday afternoon.

At around 2:00 PM their car broke through a roadblock and crashed down, upside down in the water.



The car was submerged in the damn, however miraculously the couple and their two youngest children survived.

Dylan and Mel are stable and have been treated for leg and pelvic injuries.

Their son, Ace, is still in a critical condition and daughter, Hope, is stable, reports News.com.au.



Dad's desperate attempt to save boy, 13 and girl, 4, trapped in submerged car

Locals used social media to share their tribute and express their condolences.

“That road needs to be revised. There have been many deaths in recent years… RIP little ones, ”Sue Clarke wrote on Facebook.

“It is extremely sad to hear. But whoever designed the road and the markings in particular should have their head examined … you can pass legally if you can’t see, but not if you can, ” Tracey Maguire wrote.



Dad's desperate attempt to save boy, 13 and girl, 4, trapped in submerged car

Inspector Douglas McDonald said after the vehicle slid, “it came to rest on the roof in a semi-submerged position.”

“Unfortunately, those two (deceased) children were stuck in the car longer than the other occupants.

“It took some effort to open some of the car’s doors,” he added.



Dad's desperate attempt to save boy, 13 and girl, 4, trapped in submerged car

Tributes have come in for Leo, who was a student at Warwick State High School.

His school issued a statement, principal Joy Craig wrote. “Our thoughts and heartfelt condolences go out to their families, caregivers, friends and loved ones during this difficult time.”

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