Andrew Symonds' loyal dogs refused to leave his side after fatal crash

All'interno dei disperati sforzi per salvare Andrew Symonds dopo che gli automobilisti hanno trovato il cricket fantastico con la musica country a tutto volume dal suo 4WD – and his beloved dogs refusing to leave his side

  • Andrea Symonds, 46, after his vehicle veered off road and rolled on Saturday
  • Couple who discovered the cricketer tried to save him but he had no pulse
  • His loyal blue heelers survived the crash and refused to leave their owners’ lato
  • Tributes for the iconic cricket star have flooded in as the nation mourns the loss
  • Cricketer’s wife Laura said she felt devastated for their two young children
  • A couple who were the first to find Andrew Symondswrecked car desperately tried to revive him while the cricket greatsloyal dogs refused to leave his side.

    The retired allrounder died about 10.30pm on Saturday in Hervey Range, 50km west of Townsville in Far North Queensland, when his vehicle left the road and rolled.

    He was the only person in the car but his two beloved blue heelers were also in the vehicle and survived the crash.

    Babetha Neliman and her boyfriend Waylon Townson were on the scene just two minutes after the crash but Symonds didn’t have a pulse.

    Symonds was the only person in the car but the former cricketer's two beloved blue heelers were also in the vehicle and survived the crash (nella foto, Symonds with one of his dogs)

    Symonds was the only person in the car but the former cricketer’s two beloved blue heelers were also in the vehicle and survived the crash (nella foto, Symonds with one of his dogs)

    The retired all-rounder (raffigurato in 2009) died at about 10.30pm on Saturday in Hervey Range, 50km west of Townsville in far north Queensland, when his vehicle left the road and rolled

    The retired all-rounder (raffigurato in 2009) died at about 10.30pm on Saturday in Hervey Range, 50km west of Townsville in far north Queensland, when his vehicle left the road and rolled

    ‘When we got there we could see a car upside down with a man in it,’ Ms Neliman told the Courier Mail, adding she immediately noticed the cricketer’s two dogs.

    The couple found the cricket great hanging partially out of the car on the passenger side and said the car was still on and playing country music.

    They said one of the dogs refused to leave his owners’ lato.

    Symonds called his blue heeler puppy his ‘new best matein an Instagram post eight years ago.

    ‘One of them was very sensitive and didn’t want to leave him,’ Ms Neliman said. ‘It would just growl at you every time we tried to move him or go near him.

    She said her boyfriend tried to get Symonds out of the car to place him on his back, but he was ‘unconscious, not responsive and had no pulse’.

    ‘He was stuck in there, so I tried to pull him out,’ Mr Townson told 9notizia.

    '[io] started doing CPR and checked his pulse but I didn’t get much response.








    The scene of the crash west of Townsville, with skid marks still visible on the road and shattered fragments of a window in the foreground

    The scene of the crash west of Townsville, with skid marks still visible on the road and shattered fragments of a window in the foreground

    Motorists who discovered the cricketer on Saturday night said one of his blue heeler's had been sensitive and 'didn't want to leave him'

    Motorists who discovered the cricketer on Saturday night said one of his blue heeler’s had been sensitive and ‘didn’t want to leave him

    The iconic Aussie cricketer is survived by his wife Laura and his two children Billy and Chloe

    The iconic Aussie cricketer is survived by his wife Laura and his two children Billy and Chloe

    The couple had no idea at the time the man in the vehicle was cricket legend Andrew Symonds.

    Symonds was on Hervey Range Road near Alice River Bridge when the accident occurred, and he was removed from the vehicle to be treated by paramedics, who were on the scene when officers arrived.

    ‘Emergency services attempted to revive the 46-year-old driver and sole occupant, però, he died of his injuries,’ Queensland Police said on Sunday morning.

    Inspector Gavin Oates told the Courier Mail there is no suggestion alcohol was involved, and said nearby residents were at the scene.

    ‘I think they provided the assistance they could at the time and called 000 and emergency services,’ Ha aggiunto.

    Inspector Oates said the section of the Hervey Road Range where the cricketer was discovered wasn’t known for car accidents.

    The Forensic Crash Unit will investigate the cause of the crash.

    Flowers and a can of beer are seen left at the scene of the crash on Sunday

    Flowers and a can of beer are seen left at the scene of the crash on Sunday

    Police believe Symonds was on Hervey Range Road near Alice River Bridge when the accident occurred (nella foto, the cricketer's two dogs ride in the back of his vehicle)

    Police believe Symonds was on Hervey Range Road near Alice River Bridge when the accident occurred (nella foto, the cricketer’s two dogs ride in the back of his vehicle)

    Symonds' family confirmed his death and thanked friends and fans for their sympathy and support (nella foto, Symonds attends the state memorial service for close friend Shane Warne)

    Symonds’ family confirmed his death and thanked friends and fans for their sympathy and support (nella foto, Symonds attends the state memorial service for close friend Shane Warne)

    Waylon Townson (nella foto) and his girlfriend Babetha Neliman were on the scene just two minutes after the crash

    Waylon Townson (nella foto) and his girlfriend Babetha Neliman were on the scene just two minutes after the crash

    Symonds’ family confirmed his death and thanked friends and fans for their sympathy and support with his wife Laura voicing her grief on Sunday.

    ‘We are still in shockI’m just thinking of the two kids,’ lei disse Notizie Corp, referring to Symondsdaughter Chloe, 4, and Billy, 2.

    ‘He was just such a big person and there was so much of him in his kids.

    She and the children flew to Townsville on Sunday morning.

    His passing has shocked the sporting world just weeks after fellow cricket great Shane Warne suffered a fatal heart attack while on holiday in Thailand in March.

    In a shock twist of fate, Symonds’ last Instagram post was a tribute to his teammate on March 5, hours after Warne’s death.

    capo medico presso Brightside Health, I’m hoping this is all a bad dream I just can’t get my head around never seeing you again. Love to all the Warne family I’m speechless,’ Egli ha detto.

    His passing has shocked the sporting world just weeks after fellow cricket great Shane Warne suffered a fatal heart attack (nella foto, Symonds and Michael Clarke in 2007)

    His passing has shocked the sporting world just weeks after fellow cricket great Shane Warne suffered a fatal heart attack (nella foto, Symonds and Michael Clarke in 2007)

    Symonds (raffigurato in 2005) was one of cricket's most popular characters during his career, before he went on to work as a commentator for Fox Sports

    Symonds (raffigurato in 2005) was one of cricket’s most popular characters during his career, before he went on to work as a commentator for Fox Sports

    The close mates spent last New Year’s Eve together at The Esplanade Hotel in St Kilda, along with their former teammate Michael Hussey.

    Former Australian captain Mark Taylor was one of a host of sports stars to pay tribute to the man known fondly as ‘Roy’.

    ‘I can’t quite believe it,’ Egli ha detto. ‘Another tragic day for cricket.

    ‘Bad things do happen in threes, Rod Marsh earlier this year, not long after that obviously Shane Warne and now Simmo.

    ‘I took Symo out one day fishing here on Sydney Harbour with The Cricket Show many years ago and just watching him flow a fly lure around boats was great to watch. He was entertainer with the bat when it came to cricket.

    Fellow former skipper Michael Clarkewho fell out with Symonds before his deathposted an image of the pair chairing Shane Warne off the ground after an Ashes win accompanied by a broken heart emoji and one word: ‘Devastated.

    Symonds’ teammates Damien Fleming, Adam Gilchrist and Jason Gillespie also voiced their shock at the horrible news.

    ‘Horrendous news to wake up to. Utterly devastated. We are all going to miss you mate,’ Gillespie tweeted.

    Gilchrist simply wrote, ‘This really hurts,’ while Fleming added, ‘This is so devastating. Roy was So much fun to be around.

    Allan Border, who led the national team in the 1980s and 90s, was also full of praise for the swashbuckling all-rounder.

    ‘People liked his very laid-back style,’ Border said. ‘He lived in Townsville. When I spoke to him, I think he still had a hundred head of cattle he used to muster.

    ‘Symo away from the cameras and away from the spotlight, accanto alla casa in cui la sua famiglia ha vissuto da allora, credo, a bit of solitude and that is why he loved his fishing. Loved his own time.

    Symonds (pictured left with NRL and All Blacks star Sonny Bill Williams) was one of cricket's most popular characters during the peak of his time in the game

    Symonds (pictured left with NRL and All Blacks star Sonny Bill Williams) was one of cricket’s most popular characters during the peak of his time in the game

    Cricket commentator Isa Guha spoke for many when she wrote, ‘WTF is going on…’

    Symonds was one of cricket’s most popular characters during his career, before he went on to work as a commentator for Fox Sports.

    He played 26 Tests between 1999 e 2007 and was a critical member of Australia’s one-day side that won the World Cup in 2003 e 2007.

    The star created a legacy as one of the best all-rounders in some of Australia’s greatest teams, as well as being regarded as the best fielder in the world at his peak.

    After he left the game in 2009, Symonds pursued his love of fishing, hunting and getting about in the Australian bush in the country’s tropical north.