There has been a sudden twist in the multimillion dollar lawsuit over the tragic deaths of a father and son against a regional council and the company it used to run lifeguard services.

Chinese widower Jie Tan has discontinued matters against Whitsunday Regional Council and EllMill Enterprises Pty Ltd 14 months after she filed her initial $4.3m lawsuit over the deaths.

Airline pilot Yuanwei Zhang and his son Chenxi, 5, slipped beneath the water while swimming at the Airlie Beach Lagoon

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