This is the horrible moment when a freak wave wiped an unsuspecting couple on Bondi Beach off the rocks, killed a popular Russian DJ, and injured his wife.
Andrei Ivanov, 47, and his wife Yulia, 45, stood on the rocks on the north side of the world-famous beach when the monster wave washed them into the ocean.
She managed to swim back in safety screaming for her husband when he disappeared under the surface.
After they had searched the big swell for 30 minutes, rescuers finally pulled Mr. Ivanov to the land and performed CPR, but couldn’t revive him.
Popular Russian DJ Andrei Ivanov (photo) who drowned while swimming on Bondi beach on Saturday is remembered as the “friendliest person in the world”
This is the horrific moment when a thunderstorm wiped an unsuspecting couple on Bondi Beach off the rocks, killed a popular Russian DJ and injured his wife
Lifesavers and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter started searching for the man at 5.30 p.m. before unconsciously pulling him out of the water at 6 p.m. NSW Police confirmed that the 47-year-old was a Russian tourist
Chilling footage obtained by Seven news shows the moment before Mr Ivanov’s death when the couple stood on the rocks while the wave suddenly rushed over it.
One witness said that Yulia had cried and shouted, “My husband is in the water.”
When the news of his death returned to his home country, Mr. Ivanov’s friends flooded Facebook to pay tribute to the talented DJ.
Mr. Ivanov’s girlfriend, Alexandra Kallas, told Daily Mail Australia that she “wanted to let the world know who he was.”
“He was the nicest, nicest person in the world,” Mrs. Kallas said.
“He met his wife Yulia then, and they were a wonderful, loving, fun couple that everyone loved.
“He was one of the legends of the Russian nightclub scene and an incredible person. We will all miss him forever. “
Mr Ivanov became popular all over Russia in the early 1990s, where he regularly appeared on Max radio station.
Leading dance producer Pavel Loginov posted on Facebook: “The news today just killed me …”
Cooling images show the moment before Mr. Ivanov’s death when the couple stood on the rocks as the wave towered over them
Under the name Triplex he regularly produced hitalbums and held residences in a number of top night clubs.
Leading dance DJ Pavel Loginov posted: “The big news today just killed me … we’ll remember you … Andrei Ivanov.”
Shocked swimmers witnessing the horror that drowned told Mrs. Ivanov on the water’s edge shouting with despair after her husband disappeared.
“The lady was covered in blood and screamed for her partner as he drowned,” said a swimmer.
Prominent trance DJ Vladimir Fonarev paid tribute on Instagram and published: “We will remember you … Andrey Ivanov (Triplex)”
Ivanov, Mr. Ivanov’s wife, 45, was also washed into the ocean by the rogue wave, but managed to restore safety. She sustained cuts and two broken toes and was taken to the hospital, but has since been released
“We watched how they tore him later and it was clear that he had succeeded (and) all I could think of was the horror she would experience.”
A rescue helicopter from Westpac Life Saver was deployed around 5:30 pm to assist in the search for Mr. Ivanov.
About 18:00 lifeguards on jet skis and in rubber boats pulled his body out of the water.
Mrs. Ivanov suffered wounds and two broken toes in her desperate attempts to escape the big swell and was rushed to the St Vincents hospital, but has since been released.
NSW Ambulance duty operations manager Sally Groves said it was an ‘absolutely terrible result’.
“Paramedics worked closely with other emergency services and did everything possible to save his life, but unfortunately he could not be saved,” Groves said.
NSW Ambulance duty operations manager Sally Groves said it was an ‘absolutely horrible result’
“Whatever you do on the water, be vigilant – it’s not worth risking your life.”
Despite the mostly sunny day, the beaches in Sydney are still plagued by large waves, a week after the city was hit by heavy storms.
Coogee beach, a few miles south of Bondi, was closed on Saturday due to dangerous conditions.
Dangerous surf warnings were on Saturday along much of the east coast of Australia while the ex-tropical cyclone Uesi continued to migrate south.
The Bureau of Meteorology issued a dangerous surf warning for coastal activities in the Hunter, Sydney, Illawarra, Batemans and Eden Coast regions.
Lifesavers on Bondi Beach were looking for the man alongside bystanders and rescue helicopters
Beach-goers on jet skis and lifesavers also participated in the search for the missing swimmers