One dead, three injured in separate boat crashes

A FATHER-of-three has been killed and three other man badly injured – two of them critically – in separate but equally horrific boating accidents in South Australia.

The first happened on the Murray River in the dead of night on Friday, about 10pm, police said.

It’s understood two men were on a four-metre aluminium boat which collided with a second vessel near Murray Bridge, about 10km upstream from Swan Reach.


The two men on board were badly injured in the collision and airlifted to the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

Sadly, one of the men, a 37-year-old father-of-three from Gawler South, died on hospital late on Saturday night.

The second man, a 40-year-old from Gawler East, remains in a serious but stable condition.

In a statement, SA Police said initial information had indicated that no other vessel was involved in the collision but new details had since come to light, suggesting otherwise.

Detectives from Murray Bridge are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident and will prepare a report for the information of the Coroner.

Meanwhile, less than 24 hours later, emergency services were called to a second accident involving two speed boats at Robe, in the state’s southeast.

SA Police said the two vessels collided during a ski race about 2.15pm on Saturday, leaving two men with life-threatening injuries.

The men, both believed to be aged in their 30s, were reportedly taking part in the Fury on the Bay festival when tragedy struck.

It’s understood one of the boats speared into the side of the other after it spun out on the final turn while competing in a selection race for the world ski racing championships in France.

They both suffered life-threatening head injuries and were airlifted to a hospital in Adelaide for treatment.

Limestone Coast Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.