The Premier has described the death of an abseiling instructor who fell during a cave school excursion in Margaret River as “a terrible tragedy”. Marcello Silveira was facilitating an abseiling trip with a group of Newman College Year 11 students when he fell about 40m from the top of the Brides Cave in Boranup on Thursday. Police were called to the popular abseiling spot about 3.20pm to support St John WA and SES volunteers in the medical evacuation of the 53-year-old but he could not be saved. “Firstly, it was a terrible tragedy, what happened in the Southwest,” Mark McGowan said on Sunday. “Obviously (for) the family of (the) man, it’s a shocking time. “And he’s a man who had children and so it would be very difficult for everyone involved — including the school children who were present from Newman College.” Mr McGowan said the local community and the State are rallying around those affected. “I know every West Australian will be thinking of the family and understanding how difficult it would be the tragic circumstances of what occurred,” he said. Nearly $40,000 has so far been raised for Mr Silveira’s wife Katie and their two young sons on a GoFundMe page set up by a family friend. Margaret River Officer in Charge Sgt Simone Taplin said Mr Silveira’s death was an “unfortunate accident”. “This gentleman was a well-known and well-respected member of the caving society as well as the community of Margaret River,” she said.