Teenager dies in tragic boating accident

A 17-year-old boy has died following a tragic incident in which he fell out of a boat and was then struck by it on the Williams River near Port Stephens.

Police say the teenager was brought ashore after reports he had fallen into the river from a boat near the Fitzgerald Bridge on Friday evening and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The scene of yesterday’s tragedy. Picture Peter Lorimer
The scene of yesterday’s tragedy. Picture Peter Lorimer

 

The skipper of the boat, a 34-year-old man, was uninjured and taken to hospital for mandatory blood and urine tests.

A man skiing behind the boat was also uninjured and his ski boat is to be forensically examined, police said.

A report is to be prepared for the information of the Coroner


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