Water skier, paraglider killed in separate incidents in Victoria

A man has been killed at a water skiing event in Victoria.

The man, whose age has not been provided, suffered catastrophic injuries on the Murray River in Moama during the Southern 80 water skiing meet on Sunday morning.

Paramedics were called to the scene about 10am but the man could not be revived.

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He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police are investigating the man’s death and have asked anyone with information or footage of the incident to come forward.

Meanwhile, a man has died while paragliding west of Melbourne Sunday morning.

He could not be revived after crashing into a paddock at Colac West about 9am.

He is yet to be identified.

“The exact cause of the crash is yet to be determined at this stage,” police said in a statement.

A man died in a paragliding incident at Colac West. Credit: 7NEWS

The Southern 80 water ski race is held from February 9 to 11 and takes place on the Murray River from Torrumbarry to Echuca, where there are more than 120 bends in the river.

On Sunday, it posted on social media that the race had been cancelled “due to an incident”.

Earlier, ambulance officers were called to the same event to treat a man in his 40s with leg injuries.

He was taken to Echuca Hospital in a stable condition.

The race attracts entries from all over Australia, plus international competitors from New Zealand, Great Britain and the US, according to the event’s website.

Moama Water Sports Club president Steve Shipp said the man, who was on a competing team, fell and could not be revived.

Racing was immediately suspended and has since been cancelled, he said in a statement released on Sunday afternoon.

“The club is co-operating with NSW Police and Transport for NSW – Maritime, in their investigation into the incident,” he said.

“As a ski racing family we are here to support the affected family and team members as well the wider ski racing community in this terribly sad time.”

In 2017, NSW driver David Morabito, 50, was pulled unconscious from the river and died after the ski boat he was driving flipped during the high-speed race.

In 2010, a 41-year-old Melbourne man died after he and another skiier crashed during the event.

In 2006, a 38-year-old man from NSW was being towed tandem at high-speed behind a boat while practising for the event on February 11 when he fell and suffered fatal head injuries.

– With AAP

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