'Salt-of-the-earth guy': Community rallies around Luke Woods’ family
Luke Woods is being remembered as a salt-of-the-earth guy who loved his family, as the community rallies to help the family after his tragic death at Mudjimba Beach.
On Wednesday, July 27 Mr Woods visited Mudjimba Beach for a swim and never returned.
When he failed to return home, the alarm was raised, and multiple surface and land searches were conducted with SES crews and Surf Life Saving volunteers on quad bikes and jet skis.
Sadly, his body was found at the beach on Saturday, July 30.
Mr Woods, 38, was a loving partner to Kara and a doting father to their two sons, aged 7 and 15.
Katie Beasley is a friend of Kara’s and says the family is understandably struggling right now.
“This is obviously a huge tragedy and it's come as a huge shock to the family,” she says.
“They're very much in a lot of pain right now.”
Ms Beesley says when she lost her husband in 2017 in a workplace accident, it was Kara who came to her aid.
“She is an incredibly selfless individual,” she says.
Ms Beesley says Mr Woods will be remembered as an incredibly loyal family man.
“He was dedicated to Kara and his boys. He was very hard working and he was just a salt-of-the-earth-kind of guy,” he says.
Ms Beesley is calling on the Sunshine Coast community to chip in what they can to help the family with funeral costs and raising their two boys alone.