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Wife is forced to leave her husband behind in the Maldives after plumber drowned on holidays 

The dark side of traveling to the Maldives: Woman forced to leave her traditional husband’s body after he drowned while on vacation – with loved ones begging through GoFundMe to help pay the huge cost of getting him home bring

  • Beloved tradie and father drowned abroad and left his wife flying home alone
  • Justin Grainger’s wife Amanda can’t afford to fly his body back from abroad
  • Mr Grainger’s body remains in the Maldives as family and friends wish him home

The widow of a Larrikin plumber is forced to leave her husband in the Maldives, unable to fly his body home, after drowning near an idyllic resort.

What should have been a relaxing family vacation turned into a nightmare for 41-year-old Justin Grainger’s wife, Amanda and their young daughter on Saturday.

The accident left the family distraught and — unable to fund a return flight for Mr Grainger’s body — led them to fly home without their beloved husband and father.

The body of the beloved father and husband is still abroad as the family struggles to get the finances together to bring him home (Photo: Tragedy deceased Jud Grainger and wife Amanda)

The body of the beloved father and husband is still abroad as the family struggles to get the finances together to bring him home (Photo: Tragedy deceased Jud Grainger and wife Amanda)

Mr Grainger was on an idyllic resort holiday with his wife and young daughter in the Maldives when he died

Mr Grainger was on an idyllic resort holiday with his wife and young daughter in the Maldives when he died

The young plumber and wife Amanda were childhood sweethearts.

Both extended family and friends were shocked and heartbroken by the sudden death of the tradie, and joined forces to raise money to bring his body home.

“A husband and father of two daughters (Mr Grainger) was on holiday in the Maldives when he tragically drowned,” wrote family friend Michelle Ryan.

Mr Grainger and his wife Amanda (pictured with their daughter) were reportedly high school sweethearts

Mr Grainger and his wife Amanda (pictured with their daughter) were reportedly high school sweethearts

The family's idyllic holiday in the Maldives (pictured) was turned upside down by Mr Grainger's drowning death

The family’s idyllic holiday in the Maldives (pictured) was turned upside down by Mr Grainger’s drowning death

“He was a man who liked to chat with strangers, he would offer help to anyone he came in contact with, he was incredibly generous and loved a joke or joke.”

“(He was) so humble that he would never have believed how many people whose lives were better to have him in,” explained Ms. Ryan.

The money raised so far by friends and family will be used to return Mr Grainger’s body to Digger’s Rest, in Melbourne’s northern suburbs.

Mr Grainger's family and friends (pictured with his wife) have gathered to raise enough money to bring home the young plumber's body

Mr Grainger’s family and friends (pictured with his wife) have gathered to raise enough money to bring home the young plumber’s body

His sister-in-law was one of many who paid heartfelt tribute, saying she’d always wanted a brother and felt she had one when her sister met Mr. Grainger.

“You had a passion for living and giving to others in a way that no one else did, you would literally give everyone the shirt off your back.

“You could walk into a room and make lifelong friends with everyone you meet… you always had a way of making everyone laugh with a lame joke or twisted humor,” she wrote.

Mr. Grainger, she wrote, spoiled all his girls—from his daughter to his in-laws, nieces and wife.

“Every time I open a beer, you’re there on my mind,” she wrote.

It is not clear whether the family had taken out travel insurance.

The cost of returning a body from abroad varies depending on the weight of the body and coffin and various airport charges, but the cost can often be over $15,000.

So far, friends of the family have raised $14,665, nearly half the money needed to bring him home. on their GoFundMe Page

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