Mandurah boat crash: Friends pay tribute to Eagle’s mum Kylie Bazzo and Debbie Burdon killed in collision

Two women tragically killed in a horror boating incident in the Mandurah Estuary on Saturday night have been remembered as “lovely ladies and wonderful mothers”.

Kylie Bazzo — the mother of West Coast Eagles recruit Rhett Bazzo — was knocked into the water when the boat she was in with friends Deborah and John Burdon and another man collided with a pylon around 10pm.

Kylie Bazzo with her son Rhett, a rising star with the West Coast Eagles.
Camera IconKylie Bazzo with her son Rhett, a rising star with the West Coast Eagles. Credit: Jackson Flindell/The West Australian

Ms Bazzo’s body was recovered near Creery Island about 7pm on Sunday by Peel Water Police officers.

Mrs Burdon, 54, was pulled from the water the night of the incident but could not be revived. Mr Burdon, 47, was injured and is in hospital in a stable condition. The second man was not injured.

Former Mandurah resident John Holdsworth said the tragic news came as shock.

Mr Holdsworth said he got to know Ms Bazzo, 52, in the real estate business when he worked as a sign installer, putting up signs for various agents.

“I find it hard to believe the news about Kylie Bazzo’s death. She was a former client of mine and was such a pleasant lady to know,” he said.

“Deepest sympathy to her family on their very sudden loss. Fond memories.”

Debbie Burdon was pulled from the water the night of the incident but could not be revived.
Camera IconDebbie Burdon was pulled from the water the night of the incident but could not be revived. Credit: facebook

Friends and family have offered condolences to Marg Bazzo, the mother to Swan Districts great Steve Bazzo.

“So sorry to hear this news. Thinking of you Marg and sending my love,” a social media post said.

“I’m so very sorry for your loss. With you in spirit,” another post said.

A friend of both Ms Bazzo and Mrs Burdon described the women as “lovely ladies and wonderful mothers”.

“Remembering Deb Burdon and Kylie Bazzo with love and sadness. Lots of laughs as school and sporting team Mums,” she said.

“Both lovely ladies and wonderful Mothers. So tragic for their children. RIP.”

Police launched a major search operation for Ms Bazzo after she went missing following the incident.
Camera IconPolice launched a major search operation for Ms Bazzo after she went missing following the incident. Credit: Kelsey Reid/The West Australian

The Mandurah Basketball Association released a statement on Monday morning grieving the loss of two “much loved and cherished members”.

“The Mandurah basketball family is today grieving the loss of two much loved and cherished members. Our hearts go out to Kam & Rhett Bazzo and John, Jack & Wil Burdon,” the statement said.

“Kam, Rhett, Jack and Wil played representative and domestic basketball for Mandurah for many years while their parents Kylie & Steve Bazzo (Dec) and Deb & John Burdon watched on proudly.”