RIVER DEATH: Family members try to come to grips with the tragic scene unfolding before their eyes as a 38-year-old relative died in front of them when she was struck by a jet ski on the Burnett River yesterday. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail
RIVER DEATH: Family members try to come to grips with the tragic scene unfolding before their eyes as a 38-year-old relative died in front of them when she was struck by a jet ski on the Burnett River yesterday. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail Max Fleet

Woman killed in jet ski crash on river

A FAMILY barbecue on the banks of the Burnett River at Sharon has ended in tragedy after a woman was killed in a jet ski crash.

About 4.30pm yesterday Queensland Ambulance Service paramedics rushed to the scene and performed CPR on the  Sharon woman but she died at the scene.

Bundaberg Police Insp Kev Guteridge said information suggested the woman went for a swim in the water and signaled to a jet ski.

"The jet ski rider approached her and unfortunately that vessel had collided with her in the water," he said.

"The lady has unfortunately sustained some head injuries here at the scene and despite the best efforts of people here and also QAS paramedics, they were unable to resuscitate her and she was pronounced deceased at the scene.

"This is an absolutely horrendous situation for anyone to be involved in, particularly that there were a number of family members present at the time."

Insp Guteridge said the crash would be examined by the forensic crash investigators, as well as scenes of crime officers.

"It will be met with the same scrutiny that all these type of incidents are met with," he said.

"It is very, very early stages in the investigation at this point in time, a number of family members, as you can appreciate, are very grieved by what has occurred here and we're ensuring that they get the support they are entitled to, as well as us undertaking our duties."

Insp Guteridge said the proximity to Christmas added to the tragedy. 

"I think honestly, regardless of what time of year it happens when you've got a situation like this occurs it is nothing but tragic, having it come along at this time before Christmas when it it a family time to get together and celebrate all the good things about here and about life, it just has to be that little bit worse," he said.

"Our preliminary investigations do suggest that its occurred because of someone doing something on the water and we'll be suggested to everyone - be it driving a motor vehicle, walking or riding a push bike - we need to be very, very conscious of not only what we're doing, but what other people are doing, regardless of where we happen to be.

"And that's the emphasis that we need to take, that you not only take responsibility for yourself, but you need to be very, very conscious of the fact that other people might not be paying the necessary attention that they need to and we need to be taking that extra step as well."



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