ONE of the lifesavers killed in an Easter Sunday tragedy was about to become a father for the first time.
Andrew Powell, 32, was expecting a child with partner Amber Griffiths in August.
Mr Powell and his father Ross 'Po' Powell died while trying to rescue a tourist from treacherous waters.
"We are heartbroken," the Powell family said in a statement.
"Ross (Po) dedicated much of his life to contributing to his community ... He was very much loved and respected by many.
"We will miss out beautiful, big-hearted Andy and were so proud of the person he was - gentle, compassionate, loving and selfless - like his father," the family statement said.
Ross Powell's sister, Marea, was also devastated by the loss.
"Ross was the most wonderful brother," she said.
"He was my 'rock'. My two children loved and idolised their uncle and loved their cousin Andy. Ross and Andy will forever live in our hearts."
The pair were high achievers in farming and were heavily involved in volunteering organisations.
Both were involved in the Victorian State Emergency Services, the CFA and the life saving club.
Phil Younis, the town's fire brigade captain, is recovering in The Alfred hospital in Melbourne after being winched to safety.
SES acting chief officer David Baker paid tribute to the men on Sunday.
"It has left a massive hole in the hearts of those units and clubs and the Port Campbell community," Mr Baker said.
He said Mr Younis had significant injuries but was in a stable condition.
"It's quite simply courageous and heroic in the extreme," Mr Baker said of the trio's actions.
Timboon P12 posted a tribute to the lifesavers on its Facebook page.
"We join the whole Timboon and Port Campbell community in mourning the loss of ex-student, TAP champion and general all round top bloke, Andy Powell," it said.
"Andy was an engaging teacher who, with a mischievous twinkle in his eye, would challenge students to solve problems, embrace technology and share his passion for agriculture and his community. He and Po will be sorely missed."
Prime Minister Scott Morrison paid tribute to the two men who lost their lives attempting to save another.
"We thank them for their selfless service and they've made the ultimate sacrifice for responsibilities they've taken on in a voluntary capacity," he said
Corangamite Shire mayor Neil Trotter said the community was devastated.
"It's a bit surreal and will take time for them to come to terms with it because everyone in the community knew them, especially in the surf club community," Cr Trotter said.
He said Ross was an inaugural member of the surf club, which was formed in 1965.