Tragic end to the search for the mother of the rising AFL star

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The body of a 52-year-old woman has been recovered in south Perth, bringing the toll of a boating accident to two.

Police found the body near Creery Island in the Mandurah Estuary on Sunday evening.

The family of the woman – identified by the media as Kylie Bazzo, the mother of West Coast Eagles AFL player Rhett Bazzo – has been notified as the investigation into the cause of the crash continues.

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Bazzo, 19, was drafted with pick 37 in the 2021 AFL national draft. He played nine games in his first season with the Eagles last year.

Bazzo’s father and his sister Kameron, the great Steve Bazzo of Swan District, died of cancer in 2015.

“My family has given up a lot of things to make sure I can fulfill my childhood dream and I know my dad would look down on me with pride,” Bazzo said after his draft.

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Rhett Bazzo made nine appearances for West Coast in last year’s AFL season. Photo: Getty

Emergency services were called to the estuary at about 10pm Saturday after a boat with four people on board hit a red pole marker.

A 54-year-old woman was pulled from the water but could not be resuscitated and died on the spot.

A 47-year-old man, believed to be the driver of the boat, was taken to hospital with serious injuries, while a 54-year-old man was unharmed.

Emergency services continued to search for the missing 52-year-old woman on Sunday and found her body around 7 p.m.

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Assistant Superintendent Peter Morrissey said speed would be investigated as a factor in the crash.

“The speed and all circumstances surrounding the crash will be at the forefront of the investigation,” he said.

“It is much too early at this stage to establish any kind of crime or any kind of responsibility for it.”

-with AAP

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