Tributes to Brit dog breeder, 68, killed after his car is caught in Sydney floods
TRIBUTES have poured in for a Brit dog breeder who was killed after his car was caught in devastating floods in Sydney.
Tony Ikin, 68, was found dead in his van Friday morning in Sydney's south-west, Aussie cops said.
The Brit father-of-two had been on the way to the Royal Easter Show, which was being opened by Princess Royal on Saturday, when his car was submerged by rising floodwaters on Cut Hill Road, Cobbity.
New South Wales police worked with emergency services to retrieve the body.
Ikin was reportedly a well-known and respected dog breeder and judge who was a regular at the Royal Easter Show.
His Facebook page listed his birthplace as Birmingham.
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His friend Robert Zammit described Ikin as a "gentle soul" who would "help everyone".
"Loved his dogs, of course, but just a gentle human being," he told Australia's Nine News.
"Tony was not the person who would take a risk. He left home to come to the Royal Easter Show early, it would have been dark.
"He must have thought it not too deep."
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South-western Sydney is experiencing its third flood in a month, with the local Nepean River encroaching on residents and businesses.
The country declared a national emergency last month following floods across large swathes of the east coast that have claimed dozens of lives.
An investigation into the circumstances surrounding Ikin's death is underway and a report will be prepared for the coroner.
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