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Rhett Bazzo’s mother, Kylie, found dead after another woman dies in a boating accident: Mandurah, WA

A young footy star’s mother is found dead after a horror boating accident that killed another woman when they were thrown from the ship when it collided with a navigation marker

  • Kylie, the mother of AFL star Rhett Bazzo, was feared dead in a boating accident
  • Another woman was killed when the boat hit a buoy
  • Two other men survived the incident in Mandurah, WA

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The mother of rising AFL star Rhett Bazzo has been found dead after the boat she was in slammed into a buoy, killing another woman.

Kylie Bazzo, 52, was on board with her friends Deborah and John Burdon and another man when the vessel constructed a navigation marker and the group flew into the Mandurah Estuary south of Perth around 10pm Saturday.

Ms Burdon, 54, was finally pulled from the water later that evening, but the mother-of-two could not be resuscitated.

It is understood her husband, Mr Burdon, 47, was behind the wheel at the time and was rushed to Royal Perth Hospital.

The other man on board miraculously got away unharmed.

Police conducted a full-scale sea, land and air search on Sunday afternoon, but were unable to locate Ms Bazzo’s body until Sunday evening, when it was discovered near Creery Island in the Mandurah Estuary.

The mother of rising AFL star Rhett Bazzo (pictured next to mother Kylie) was killed when the boat she was in collided with a buoy, also killing another woman

“There has been a huge conglomeration of resources around the precinct and to the location to try to locate the person,” Acting WA Police Superintendent Peter Morrissey told The West before the discovery was made.

“We’ve searched on land and water and at this stage we’re probably in a space where we want to recover the body.”

Her son Rhett, 19, is a rising star in the AFL and was called up as a defenseman for the West Coast Eagles at the start of the 2022 season.

“We are super excited and proud of you Rhett – hard work and dedication definitely pays off,” Ms Bazzo recently shared online after his contract with the club was extended until 2025.

Pictured is a lifeboat used in the large-scale search of the waterway

Pictured is a lifeboat used in the large-scale search of the waterway

Pictured is a lifeboat used in the large-scale search of the waterway

Kylie Bazzo, 52, was on board with her friends Deborah and John Burdon (pictured) and another man when the vessel constructed a navigation mark and flew the group into the Mandurah Estuary south of Perth around 10pm on Saturday

Kylie Bazzo, 52, was on board with her friends Deborah and John Burdon (pictured) and another man when the vessel constructed a navigation mark and flew the group into the Mandurah Estuary south of Perth around 10pm on Saturday

Kylie Bazzo, 52, was on board with her friends Deborah and John Burdon (pictured) and another man when the vessel constructed a navigation mark and flew the group into the Mandurah Estuary south of Perth around 10pm on Saturday

The tragedy comes after Rhett and his sister Kameron also lost their father Steve Bazzo, a WAFL football legend for South Mandurah, at a young age.

It is still being investigated how the ship drama could have happened.

Witnesses Wendy and Vince McCormack revealed they saw the ship crash into the sea pylon of their house

“(The boat) is moving really fast and then all of a sudden we heard a bang,” said Ms. McCormack.

“He had no lights on the boat and went straight into the red mark there. And then there was silence.

“(We thought) there must have been a tragedy — the fact that it was quiet.”

The boat carrying people hit a red bollard near Mandurah Bridge (pictured) on Saturday evening.

The boat carrying people hit a red bollard near Mandurah Bridge (pictured) on Saturday night.

The boat carrying people hit a red bollard near Mandurah Bridge (pictured) on Saturday night.

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