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Tributes have been paid to a British lawyer and his nine-year-old son killed in a landslide while on vacation in Australia.

Mehraab Nazir, 49, was hiking with his family in the Wentworth Pass area of ​​the Blue Mountains, a national park west of Sydney, on Monday when they were caught in the rockslide. Her body and that of her nine-year-old son were recovered the following morning.

His wife remains in critical condition in an intensive care unit, while another son, 14, has undergone surgery and is in stable condition. The couple’s 15-year-old daughter, who fled the scene, is under observation in hospital.

Nazir, a graduate of the University of Exeter, was a partner at law firm Watson Farley & Williams based in its Singapore office, where he worked as a financial lawyer specializing in international transactions after leaving London more than 10 years ago years.

The company said: “It is with the greatest sadness that we have to confirm that our dear friend and colleague Mehraab Nazir, a partner in our Singapore office, tragically lost his life in a landslide in Australia earlier this week. alongside her young son. We will remember and honor Mehraab. However, with surviving family members in serious conditions or in shock, we ask that you respect their privacy and grief at this incredibly difficult time. »

British lawyer who died with his son in Blue Mountains named Mehraab Nazir |  Australia News
Mehraab Nazir worked at Watson Farley & Williams based in Singapore. Photography: Watson Farley & Williams/PA

It was reported that the family was Zoroastrian. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reported a post on the Facebook page of the Zoroastrian Association of New South Wales, which described their deaths as a “huge tragedy”. It is understood relatives have arrived in Sydney.

Dominic Perrottet, Premier of NSW, said the incident was “tragic” and he would seek advice on whether the walking track should have been opened, given recent heavy rain. “These tragedies happen too often, so anything we can do to keep people safe, we will do,” Perrottet told ABC. “Obviously the Blue Mountains is a place where people like to trek. It is one of the wonders of the world, but when these tragedies occur it would be remiss of any government not to act.

After the bodies were removed, the NSW Department of Environment and Heritage announced that the area was closed to the public until further notice and that a “full review” would be undertaken.

The British High Commission said: ‘We are supporting the family of a British couple and their children following an incident in the Blue Mountains. Our staff in Australia are in contact with the local police.

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