'There's a huge hole': Family of fishermen who died on trip speak out
The family of four men who mysteriously went missing off Rottnest Island during an overnight boating trip say they’re trying to piece their life back together.
The Pham family’s world was torn apart when a fishing trip went horribly wrong.
They told the family they would be home before dark but that was the last time anyone head of them.
The men were heading back from Rottnest when they were thrown from their boat on October 4.
A seven day air and sea search only found two of the men, Jacob and Justin, along with an esky lid, planks of wood and clothing.
Uock and Tuan Pham are yet to be found.
Jiordy Pham spoke about the loss of her father, brother and uncle.
“I've lost all the really important men in my life and that's going to take a really long time to even process,” she said.
Her sister Ashleigh Hough also lost the man she was about to marry and the father of her three sons.
“Without him, there's a huge hole but we’ve got to stay together to knit that back up with memories,” she said.
The search was called off last week, but there is a new clue into what may have happened to the men.
Last week, an EPIRB washed up on a beach in Mindarie - a sign of hope for the family that one day they'll get answers.
They said the men were experienced fishermen and loved the ocean.
“There's no way he would have put anyone in harm’s way, every safety precaution was taken,” Ashleigh said.
Along with the pain, the family is now faced with huge financial strain, however friends and strangers are helping, raising $36,000 through a crowd funding site.
The family said the continued support will help them immensely after their sudden loss.
“That money is going to help us more than they know, that money is going to these four beautiful men the goodbye they deserve,” Jiordy said.