Young footy star’s mum feared dead in horror boat crash that claimed the life of another woman after they were thrown from the vessel when it collided with a navigation marker

  • AFL star Rhett Bazzo’s mum Kylie feared dead in boat crash 
  • Another woman was killed when the boat hit a buoy  
  • Two other men survived the incident in Mandurah, WA

The mother of rising AFL star Rhett Bazzo is feared 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 struct a navigation marker sending the group flying into the Mandurah Estuary south of Perth about 10pm on Saturday.

Mrs Burdon, 54, was eventually pulled from the water later that night but the mother-of-two could not be revived. 

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

The other man on board miraculously walked away uninjured.

Police on Sunday afternoon conducted a widescale sea, land and air search but were not able to locate Mrs Bazzo’s body.

The mother of rising AFL star Rhett Bazzo (pictured alongside mum Kylie) is feared dead after the boat she was in slammed into a buoy killing another woman 

‘There’s been a massive conglomeration of resources into the district and into the location to try and locate the person,’ WA Police acting Superintendent Peter Morrissey told The West.

‘We’ve done land-based searches and water-based searches and at this stage, we’re probably in a space where we’re looking to recover the body.’

Her son Rhett, 19, is a rising star in the AFL and was drafted as a defender at the beginning of the 2022 season for the West Coast Eagles.

‘We are super excited and proud of you Rhett — hard work and commitment definitely pays off,’ Mrs Bazzo shared online recently after his contract was extended at the club until 2025. 

Pictured is a rescue boat used in the widescale search of the waterway

Pictured is a rescue boat used in the widescale search of the waterway

Kylie Bazzo, 52, was on board with her friends Deborah and John Burdon (pictured) and another man when the vessel struct a navigation marker sending the group flying into the Mandurah Estuary south of Perth about 10pm on Saturday

Kylie Bazzo, 52, was on board with her friends Deborah and John Burdon (pictured) and another man when the vessel struct a navigation marker sending the group flying into the Mandurah Estuary south of Perth about 10pm on Saturday

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

Investigation are continuing into how the boating tragedy happened.

Witnesses Wendy and Vince McCormack revealed they saw the vessel collide into the pylon from their home

‘(The boat) was speeding very quickly and then all of a sudden we heard a bang,’ Mrs McCormack said.

‘It didn’t have any lights on the boat, and it went straight into the red marker there. And then there was silence.

‘(We thought) there must’ve been a tragedy — the fact it was silent.’

The boat carrying for people hit a red post marker near Mandurah Bridge (pictured) on Saturday night

The boat carrying for people hit a red post marker near Mandurah Bridge (pictured) on Saturday night 

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