How a dashcam borrowed from a roommate could unravel the mystery of Ayaz Younas’ death in NSW floods
Pakistani citizen Ayaz Younas (pictured) was on his first day of a new job when his Toyota Camry got stuck in the water
A dashcam could unravel the mystery of how an engineering student died trying to flee his car after being trapped in floods.
Pakistani citizen Ayaz Younas was on his way to start a new job driving concrete trucks on Wednesday when his rented Toyota Camry was engulfed in the water in Glenorie on Sydney’s northern outskirts.
Mr. Younas had picked up a roommate’s dashcam just before he left his home in Whalan at 6 a.m. and set out on his fateful journey, with the camera carrying potentially important clues to his baffling death on Cattai Ridge Road, The Australian reported.
The road should have been closed, but the padlocked lock gates were already under water and Mr. Younas may not have noticed the water because it was still dark at the time.
Mr. Younas frantically called triple-zero at 6:25 a.m. and stayed on the line with the operator until 7 a.m., when contact was lost – baffling investigators that the student was unable to get out of the car.
A search and rescue operation was undertaken and a helicopter was dispatched to the area, but police were initially unable to find any sign of the 25-year-old.
His body was not found until six hours later – under six meters of water – with friends who wanted to know why it took the police so long to find Mr. Younas’s car.
Police said he was on triple-zero for about 35 minutes when he was incarcerated. As we are the first world country, I don’t know why its location has not been traced and no one gets there on time, ”a friend told Daily Mail Australia.
The inside of Mr. Younas’s car was badly damaged, indicating to police that he fought fiercely to save his life and escape when the water rose around him.
Mr Younas’s trapped Toyota Camry became trapped in flooding on Cattai Ridge Road in Glenorie on Sydney’s northern outskirts. The vehicle is pictured after it has been recovered by the police
Mr Younas (pictured) came to Australia from Karachi, Pakistan two years ago with friends who said he was ‘excited’ to start a new life Down Under
A friend of Mr Younas’ said he was not one to take risks and revealed that he was a strong swimmer as his father was a trained navy diver in the Pakistan Navy before retiring.
“He wasn’t the type of guy to take risks for no reason, so if he was dark so early in the morning and the water around the corner, he just might not have seen it,” said Imran Ahmad.
And his job was just around the corner from where he was trying to get, the excitement of the first day job. I don’t know, there are so many things we cannot just assume. ‘
Burhan Mirza, who attended Charles Sturt University with Mr Younas, told Daily Mail Australia that the young student was ‘excited’ to start a new life Down Under.
“He always told me that he was moving to Australia for a better life, with the dream of becoming a permanent resident with a good job and a healthy life,” said Mirza.
But no one knew it would end like this. Ayaz was very nice, always ready to help. He loved making friends and (was) a great guy. ‘
Mirza said his friend, who came to Australia from Karachi two years ago, worked at Domino’s Pizza while juggling several other jobs to pay for his software engineering studies.
NSW Police Inspector Chris Laird said: ‘If he hadn’t called us, we never would have found him. Only when the water receded anyway ‘.
Mr. Younas (pictured) called triple-zero on Wednesday at 6:25 am and stayed on the line with the operator until about 7:00 am when contact was lost
Emergency crews were called to Cattai Ridge Road, near Hidden Valley Lane in Glenorie, at approximately 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, after reports that a car had been submerged in flood water.
But we can only speculate that, given what I’ve seen and the damage to the vehicle, it could very well be that the electricity went out completely and he just couldn’t escape the car, which is an absolute tragedy.
“You can just imagine someone fighting for their life to get out of the car – that’s what the damage on the inside of the car looked like.”
Detective Insp Laird said Mr. Younas “clearly couldn’t get out of the car” because there were no broken windows.
He said the roads had multiple signs and closing warnings, but the car was 30 meters in flood water and six meters under water. Emergency services recovered Mr. Younas’s body at 1:00 PM after finding his submerged car.
Det Insp Laird suggested investigating why Mr. Younas was around.
The remote location of the area, (we’ll) ask questions about what he was doing there. He might not know the area the way the locals would, ‘he said.
The Pakistani community of Australia said they spoke to Mr Younas’ father.
The car with the student’s body in it was found in Cattai Creek (pictured) at approximately 1:00 PM after an NSW Police and SES Flood Rescue search
Community leader Farhat Jaffri said Mr Younas’ heartbroken family requested that his body be returned to Karachi in southern Pakistan.
Mr. Younas, who has two older brothers and a younger sister, was from Malir Cantt in Karachi and studied software engineering.
Shazbaz Muhammad said Mr. Younas was a ‘best friend’.
“Please pray for the departed soul,” said Mr. Muhammad.
Detective Insp Laird said Mr Younas had strong roots in western Sydney and his friends in Australia were devastated by the news.
“From the police, all the emergency services, here’s exactly why you shouldn’t try to drive through swollen rivers,” he said.
Emergency Services Minister David Elliott expressed his condolences, saying it would cause ripples in Sydney’s northwestern community.
Police divers seen in Cattai Creek on Wednesday after reports the car was submerged in floods
A police officer is seen in Glenorie after the student’s body was discovered in a car in northwest Sydney
“The human cost of these floods has been sharply mapped under the most tragic of circumstances and I urge communities to remain cautious in the face of ongoing and immediate threats to life,” said Mr. Elliott.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese also made statements in federal parliament about the tragedy.
Mr Morrison labeled Wednesday a “ terribly sad day, ” saying he knew the area well from childhood camping trips and felt for the man’s family.
Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian said that despite the clear weather in Sydney on Wednesday, there is still extreme danger in flood-affected areas.
“While the sun is out, conditions remain extremely dangerous, rivers are still rising,” she said.
In Queensland, a desperate search for David Hornman, 38, ended when his body was found in his ute in the Gold Coast hinterland on Wednesday afternoon.
A police car and tape block the crime scene for the community in Glenorie on Wednesday
‘We ask everyone, especially when they are in vehicles, to be extra careful.
“Some would suggest it is even more dangerous now because rivers keep rising and catchment areas fill with water.”
In Queensland, a desperate search for 38-year-old David Hornman ended when his body was found in his ute in the Gold Coast hinterland on Wednesday afternoon.
The 38-year-old father was last seen on Monday and had not contacted his family since heading for a job in the Tamborine area, where torrential rains caused flash floods this week.
His ute was spotted earlier in the day in the flooded Canungra Creek.