Sister’s touching tribute after water skier Luke Wentworth killed on NSW-Victoria border

The sister of a person tragically killed throughout the common Southern 80 watersport occasion on the NSW-Victoria border on Sunday has made a touching tribute.

Luke Wentworth was killed lower than an hour into the annual occasion on the Murray River, close to Moama, forcing organisers to scuttle the favored competitors.

The Melbourne man’s dying is known to be the seventh related to the decades-old ski occasion, and triggered an outpouring of grief from household and mates.

“It’s with a really heavy coronary heart and deep unhappiness that I can affirm that my brother Luke was killed this morning in a ski accident whereas racing,” sister Bree McNair mentioned.

“Our household are completely devastated and making an attempt to come back to phrases with the sudden and tragic lack of our beloved son, brother, brother in legislation and uncle.

“Our hearts are damaged not just for our household however for the entire Gassa Ski race crew and we ask in your privateness and understanding at this very emotional and exhausting time.”

Melani Moore mentioned that whereas she had solely recognized Mr Wentworth for a “brief time”, he’d made an influence on her life and that of her son.

“We thank him for every thing and can miss him dearly. He was a tremendous man,” she mentioned.

Emily Kate added: “Our hearts are so damaged with the lack of Luke. Life won’t ever be the identical once more. We miss you already.”

In a Fb submit, Gassa Ski Race Crew mentioned they “solely have unhappy information in the mean time” and urged folks to be aware and assist help the crew.

Whereas Mr Wentworth remains to be ye to be formally recognized, information of the tragic accident unfold rapidly all through the watersport neighborhood.

“Such a ripper bloke, he and that smile can be sadly missed. Our ideas are with you all,” Troy Jefferies mentioned, on behalf of the Venom Ski Racing Crew.

Dave McCallum, from Lab Ski Race Crew, mentioned: “Very unhappy day within the ski racing household right this moment. We misplaced one among our household doing what he cherished.

“Condolences to his household and god pace … ideas and prayers with the household on this tragic time.”

The Canine Home Ski Racing crew mentioned: “From our crew to yours our hearts and ideas go to you guys if there’s something we are able to do please attain out”.

Followers of the Gassa Ski Race Crew and the game broadly additionally expressed their condolences.

“I’m a spouse & mum of ski racing addicts & my coronary heart goes out to Luke’s neighborhood,” Donna Robertson mentioned.

“Praying for peace & consolation in understanding he was doing one thing he was keen about.”

Ben Datson added: “Don’t know you guys, however have adopted the crew for thus a few years.

“RIP legend, might the water all the time be like glass whenever you ski the rivers above.”

Echua native Grant Mitchell mentioned he would miss seeing Mr Wentworth at race occasions.

“All the time had a smile in your face it doesn’t matter what was occurring. The world was higher with you in it,” he mentioned.

The annual race occasion entails two skiers racing down the 80km course and round 126 bens at speeds exceeding 100km.

In a press release, Moama Water Sports activities Membership president Steve Shipp mentioned the skier, who was competing within the race, fell and couldn’t be revived.

“Racing was instantly suspended and since been cancelled,” Mr Shipp mentioned.

“The membership is co-operating with NSW Police and Transport for NSW – Maritime, of their investigation into the incident.

“As a ski racing household we’re right here to help the affected household and crew members as nicely the broader ski racing neighborhood on this terribly unhappy time.”

Moama Chief Inspector Paul Haggett mentioned emergency providers from each Victoria and NSW responded to stories {that a} male skier in his early 40s had “come down”.

Whereas investigations had been of their infancy, Mr Haggett reportedly denied allegations a swimmer within the river might have brought about the crash or that low water ranges had been guilty.

“They have an effect on the entire neighborhood from the emergency providers to the bloke who runs the fish and chip store,” he mentioned.

“It will have an effect on the neighborhood for months to come back, lengthy after everybody has gone residence.”

Officers hooked up to Murray River Police District have since commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

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