12 March 2024

Tragedy strikes again as second waterskier dies at a Murray River event in past month

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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A 42-year-old man died after being injured in the Robinvale Euston 80 race at the weekend. Photo: Ski Racing Victoria.

A second waterskier has died on the Murray River during a major waterskiing event in the past month.

The weekend’s tragic incident comes after a 40-year-old man died after he suffered serious injuries while taking part in the Southern 80 waterskiing competition last month (11 February).

Police said emergency services were called to the Murray River at Euston on Saturday (9 March) following reports a man had been seriously injured while skiing in the Robinvale Euston 80 race about 11 am.

Ambulance Victoria paramedics treated the 42-year-old, but he died at the scene and is yet to be formally identified.

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Ski Racing Victoria announced the racing was immediately cancelled.

“Unfortunately, during this morning’s racing at the Euston Robinvale 80 water ski race, there was an incident involving one of our competing teams where a skier fell and suffered serious injuries,” Ski Racing Victoria said in a statement.

“The skier was administered CPR but could not be revived by the attending paramedics.

“As a ski racing community, we are here to support the affected family and team members and the wider ski racing community at this very sad time. We wish to thank everyone for their efforts and support. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved.”

The race on Sunday was also cancelled after consultation with the governing bodies, emergency services and the organising committees.

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Police have begun an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident and a report will be prepared for the Coroner.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

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