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Three members of same family die in water tank at Australian farm

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 17/02/2017 Mark Chandler

© Provided by Independent Print Limited Three members of the same family have been found dead inside a water tank at their rural Australian property.

The husband, wife and brother died after entering the concrete tank in Oolong on Thursday, local media reported.

It is believed the tank had filled with deadly carbon monoxide fumes caused by a petrol pump.

Andrew Basnett, 69, collapsed inside while using the pump to clean it, while wife Anne, 63, and his brother Richard 68, also died after going to help.

Yass Valley Council Mayor Rowena Abbey told the Canberra Times: "This is an extraordinarily sad day for many of us as their friends.

“Andy and Annie were wonderful people, full of laughter and passion for life. They loved their farm, their friends and particularly their children and grand children.”

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