Tributes flow to Mandurah boat disaster victims Kylie Bazzo and Deborah Burdon

Tributes are beginning to flow for two women killed in a devastating boating accident in the Mandurah Estuary on Saturday night.

Kylie Bazzo, the mother of young West Coast Eagles talent Rhett Bazzo, and her friend Deborah Burdon have been identified as victims.

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The couple, both mothers of two, were thrown into the water from their vessel when the boat they were in hit a navigation mark.

“In loving and sad memory of Deb Burden and Kylie Bazzo,” Anita Fratel posted on Facebook on Monday.

“Lots of laughs as school and sports team moms. Both beautiful ladies and wonderful mothers. So tragic for her children. REST IN PEACE.”

Deborah Burdon, mother of two, was pulled from the water but could not be revived and died at the scene. Credit: 7NEWS

For the Bazzo family, it marks the second family tragedy in recent years after Kylie’s husband Steve died of skin cancer in 2015.

Peel Football Club shared how important Kylie and her husband Steve were to the WAFL club in its infancy, with Steve being a first Thunder player and his wife a pioneering administrator.

Kylie was the club’s marketing manager before being appointed general manager in 2000, becoming the first woman to hold that role at the WAFL level.

“The connection to the Bazzo family is etched in Peel Thunder’s history,” the club said.

“On behalf of the club, we send our love to all of Kylie Bazzo’s family and friends.”

Kylie Bazzo with her son Rhett and daughter Kameron. Credit: 7NEWS

The Mandurah Netball Association sent its “sincere condolences” to Bazzo’s two children.

“(Kylie’s daughter) Kameron was a representative player for MNA for many years, with Kylie always standing on the sidelines and watching proudly,” the federation said.

“Our hearts go out to Kylie’s family and friends. We will keep Kam and Rhett in our thoughts at this difficult time.”

Rescue services were called to the estuary around 10pm on Saturday after a boat with four people on board hit a red post marker.

Police recovered the body of 52-year-old Bazzo near Creery Island around 7 p.m. Sunday after an extensive search.

An extensive search was launched when Kylie Bazzo could not be found. Credit: 7NEWS

Burdon, 54, was recovered from the water shortly after the crash but could not be revived and died at the scene.

Her husband John Burdon, 47, was taken to hospital with serious injuries and is in serious but stable condition.

A fourth member of the group, a 54-year-old man, was unharmed.

West Coast ‘devastated’

The West Coast Eagles have wrapped their arms around their young protege and said the club was “devastated by the loss of Kylie”.

“The club’s players, staff and board send their deepest condolences to the Bazzo family and offer every support to Rhett, his sister Kameron and their loved ones,” West Coast said on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Fremantle forward Sam Switkowski opened a press conference Monday morning with a message to the Bazzo family.

“On behalf of the Freo Footy Club, we just wanted to offer our deepest condolences to Rhett Bazzo and his family following the terrible tragedy that befell his mother,” he said.

“If anything happens to anyone in the footy community, apart from rivalries and all, our deepest condolences and hope he and his family are doing well.”

The police are investigating and the investigation is ongoing.

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James Brien

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