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 pal Matthew Farr on Sunday when their 4WD plunged off a cliff north of Geraldton, in Western Australia.
They’d been tenting with a gaggle of six mates at a distant seaside in Perth’s Midwest area, about 10km north of Horrocks Seaside.
The 2 inseparable mates determined to go for a drive with one other mate late at night time, 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 discovered by considered one of his mates who discovered them on the scene,” a heartbroken Ms Stubbs informed information.com.au.
“He messaged me at 7am saying ‘there’s been an accident’. As quickly as I wakened and noticed it, I referred to as Louis’ dad and stated ‘one thing is mistaken’.”
The pair had been later informed by police that the 2 mates had handed away.
Louis’ mom and brother had been in England on the time and received the primary flight house.
“It’s been very exhausting,” Ms Stubbs informed information.com.au.
“He and Matt had been simply so shut – they did every thing collectively and spent nearly 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 relationship 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 blissful, he would do something for anybody,” she stated.
“He liked life and he lived it to his absolute fullest. He liked all his mates and his favorite issues to do had been freediving, 4WD, tenting, travelling, fishing and spending time along with his family members.”
Ms Stubbs stated he additionally labored very exhausting 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 greatest supporter and my rock, he at all times went out of his approach to present me how a lot he liked me and at all times introduced out the perfect in me.”
Ms Stubbs stated she was attributable to go on the tenting journey, however Mr Eeles insisted she keep house 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 attributable to begin a brand new job and wished to meet up with all my uni mates earlier than all of us went our separate methods.
“I informed Louis I wished to come back on the journey with him too, however he insisted I keep and see the women and he at all times wished me to go to the markets on Sunday,” she laughed. “He liked 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 perfect years of her life.
“Louis was my every thing, 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 pal of Mr Farr’s, stated “the world is a worse place with out him in it”.
“I spoke to him that night time. I used to be having just a few mates over in Perth and wished to see if he was round,” he informed The West Australian.
“He was simply such a beneficiant, selfless particular person. I solely knew him for a few years, however my life is best off for the time he was in it.”
Mates 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 particular person wrote.
One other shared fond reminiscences 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 pal 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 huge large 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 of Matt as considered one of his finest mates and once they had been collectively nothing else mattered.
“Louis and Matt will probably be perpetually missed. Their lives had been taken too quickly.”