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AFL youngster shares heartbreaking tribute to mum after fatal boating accident

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West Coast young gun Rhett Bazzo has shared a heartbreaking tribute to his late mother, who died in a boating accident last week.

Kylie Bazzo, 52, and friend Deborah Burdon, 54, were thrown into the water when the vessel they were in struck a navigation marker in the Mandurah estuary about 10pm on Saturday.

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Burdon, a mother of two, was recovered from the water soon after the incident but could not be revived.

Water police recovered the body of Kylie on Sunday night.

Rhett shared a series of photos of his mother on Instagram and was lost for words to explain the tragedy.

Rhett Bazzo runs for West Coast in 2022, and pictured with his mother, Kylie Bazzo. Credit: Getty Images/Instagram

The 19-year-old lost his father – former WAFL star Steve – to cancer in 2015, and added that his parents will be reunited in the emotional tribute.

“My beautiful mother. Words cannot explain the feeling of not having you around anymore,” he wrote.

“Forever grateful for the unconditional love you’ve always shown us. Thank you for choosing me.

“You’re now reunited with your eternal soulmate. RIP Mum.”

A host of teammates and other AFL players left comments on the post in support of the youngster.

“Love you my boy,” captain Luke Shuey wrote.

“Love ya,” fellow youngster Cambpell Chessar added.

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West Coast have wrapped their arms around Rhett following the latest tragedy to strike the family.

“It’s come as quite a shock to Rhett and his family,” coach Adam Simpson said on Wednesday.

“They’re dealing with that grief at the moment and the club is supporting them.

“We will give him as much time as he needs with his family. Football is not the priority right now for him.”

Simpson said the whole club had been shaken by the incident.

“You know, because of the tragic nature and the shock, the Monday was difficult,” Simpson said.

“So we had to adjust that and provide a little bit of support for the players as well as our staff. We got through the day.”

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Source: 7News