After the car crash, a couple who were the first to see Andrew Symonds tried to revive him while the former cricketer's dogs refused to leave his side.

After the car crash, a couple who was the first to see Andrew Symonds, tried to revive him while the former cricketer’s dogs refused to leave his side.

The retired all-rounder passed away about 10.30 pm on Saturday in Hervey Range, 50km west of Townsville in Far North Queensland, when his car left the road and rolled.

He was travelling with his two beloved blue heelers, who survived the crash.

Babetha Neliman and her boyfriend Waylon Townson reached the scene after just two minutes, but the legendary cricketer had no pulse.

‘When we got there, we could see a car upside down with a man in it,’ Miss Neliman told the Courier Mail, adding she immediately noticed the cricketer’s two dogs.

The couple said one of the dogs refused to leave Symonds’ side.

“One of them was very sensitive and didn’t want to leave him. It growled every time we tried to take him away or go near him,” said Miss Neliman.

She said her boyfriend tried to get the player out of the car to place him on his back, but he was unconscious amd had no pulse.

“I started doing CPR and checked his pulse, but I didn’t get any response,” Mr Townson told 9News.

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