Dean Lucas and Adam Coleman
$69,785 of $70,000 goal
The families of two WA surfers missing in Mexico have been informed of "distressing developments" as fears grow for their safety. There has been no word in over a week from Dean Lucas or Adam Coleman.
The families and partners of Dean Lucas and Adam Coleman issued a statement confirming they are aware of reports that the two Australia men have gone missing during a surfing trip in Mexico. They are aware the van in which they were traveling has been located by Mexican authorities and that a tragic event has occurred. They hold deep fears for the safety of their sons but stress that they are still waiting for details to be confirmed. Until such time that the authorities confirm what has happened, the families respectfully ask the media to not speculate further.
Family members of Dean Lucas and Adam Coleman will be travelling to Mexico in the coming days and working with the Australian consular officials and Mexican Authorities. They ask for privacy during this enormously difficult time.
It is now over three months since the passing of Adam and Dean.
On behalf of both families we would like to extend our most sincere thanks to everyone who helped out. At a time of inconsolable grief the contributions made by friends and strangers was greatly appreciated.
Now, both our children have been brought back home and services held.
This would have been a lot harder without the Gofundme contributions.
It was the support of friends and family that kept us going and everyone's best wishes cannot be underestimated.
Once again, on behalf of the Cattermole and Lucas families, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Zena and Andrew Cattermole
The messages and financial support from family, friends and total strangers has absolutely overwhelmed us.
Even at this sad time we realise there are more good people than bad in this world and by a massive margin.
It has been a bittersweet experience and being here has enabled us to see why Adam loved Mexico and it's people. He has been coming here for six years, each year and this year alone he has been here five times, with no bad experiences.
The Mexican people have welcomed us and have genuinely embraced us.
We thank everyone far and wide for their love.
We are so proud that our son was so well loved and the positive impact he had on you all.
He embraced everyone no matter their background. He loved everyone.
We loved him but had no idea how many people loved him.
We will never get over losing him but take solace in the fact that everyone loved him.
We thank you from the bottom of our hearts and more.
Love and best wishes
Zena and Andy Cattermole
I met your boys on/around Nov 16/17th at Alejandro's and the Wall, Northern Baja. They were so full of life. The session they had near town(Santa Rosalilita) was to themselves, offshores and good. There is a selfie that Adam took there. We ended up surfing and hanging out at the Wall the next morning (Punta Rosalilita) for around 3 hours before they hit the road. Waves were still good, and the best it had been in weeks, but they were so exited to see their friends and family, it did not matter. They left with the sun shining and the waves crashing. They told us all about wanting to be in Guadalajara on time(Adam was so stoked) and Dean couldnt be more exited for his trip back to his woman and the next leg of their life together(I got to be at LAX in three days.je kept telling me..!!)The smiles they left and the stories they told will never be forgotton. Prayers to the families and the loved ones they left behind. My limited time with them was enough to know they were very special people.
I met these amazing blokes on the morning of November 17th just south of Punta Rosalita. They bumped along the dusty road in their ol' van heading straight to the point to check surf, as I was leaving after two days of surfing the same location. We stopped, rolled down our windows, and shared a laugh over road conditions, devil winds, and decreasing swell on the horizon. Other than a few laughs, we proceeded our own ways, but I remember looking in my rear view mirror being jealous of two friends sharing the experience of a lifetime, as I was travelling alone. Before getting back on the main highway to head north through the desert, I decided to get wet and catch a few fun ones. I saw their van in the distance heading back towards the highway, they must not have liked what they had seen and were looking to get back on the road. As they passed, I sincerely hoped that they would see my truck, see the offshores, and decide to jump in to share that moment. But as they passed, I wished them the best and wondered if I'd see them at the next spot. Unfortunately, we were heading in opposite directions and I never had the chance to share another laugh. My heart goes out to their families, as well as anybody who ever knew them, and to anybody else who has tragically lost a loved one. Respect and love, my friends. Enjoy the eternal greenroom barrel in the sky above.
My brother Alan met Dean and Adam just before they disappeared in Mexico a few weeks ago (Nov 19th). Below is his description of their first moments at the secluded surf spot in el Conejo in southern Baja. " they were so stoked to see clean surf when they rolled up that they ran barefoot through the desert like kids" "it was a magical day". Please donate to help bring these boys home.
My husband and I shared a palapa with adam last spring in mexico for about 3 weeks. Immediately fell in love with the guy. Easy-going, charismatic, sincere, living a passionate life, and full of stoke. He had surfer ribs - protruding and swollen from all the surf. We plotted and schemed this trip he was on. We were so stoked for his epic voyage. It's devastating to hear this news. We had a paddle in his name today. You are gold adam. Pure gold.
Gabrielle Wenden Nardi - get a grip!! The more $$ - the better; the expenses will be huge and any money raised will NEVER compensate for the loss and the nightmare the parents and friends are living.. In my wildest dreams I never expected the total to get to this much - as I am sure the parents didnt either.... The initial $15,000 probably was never even expected to be reached, let alone exceeded R.I.P boys - you have touched the hearts of the world
The guys arrived at Alehondro's about 4pm on Tuesday November 17, 2015. They suited up and went surfing until it was dark. I took a photo of each of them on waves coming around the point. They left early the next morning going back to the Wall. I was camping at Alehondro's from November 8- November 18. So sorry to hear about this.
When my son died in an accident in Mexico 8 years ago, a bribe had to be paid to Mexican officials to get to his body and then a bribe had to be paid to Mexican officials to be allowed to bring him across the border. This may be an unexpected expense for these families.
I lived in the area where they were surfing. All the Australians do there is get drunk all day everyday, get high all day everyday, and surf. Some of the local boys don't like that, when they themselves, the Mexicans don't have the money to live the same lifestyle, so they take what they want from these young naive tourist boys, and sometimes they take a life or two. Mexicans don't care. They will gang up, four and five at a time on one guy, and be proud about it. No honor in Mexico. Just killing and stealing.