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‘He was a wonderful person’: Family of man killed in Mandurah boat crash make emotional plea for answers

The family of a 35-year-old killed in a Mandurah boating crash have pleaded for witnesses to come forward as detectives piece together exactly what went wrong. 

Daniel Lloyd’s family made an emotional plea for witnesses to come forward after he was killed when the boat he was on crashed in the early hours of Friday, February 7.  

His mother, Susan Lloyd, said he was a wonderful man. 

“He was a wonderful person, he was a wonderful son, he was a wonderful brother,” Mrs Lloyd said. 

“We have wonderful memories of him.” 

Susan Lloyd and Natalie Leisfield make an emotional plea for answers. Photo: Supplied.

Mr Lloyd was one of three men that left a licensed premise in the Mandurah CBD and boarded one of two boats at a nearby jetty about 10:40pm. 

One man got into a boat by himself while Mr Lloyd and another man got into a white 4.7 metre centre console vessel before heading up the Peel Inlet. 

The boat Mr Lloyd was a passenger in crashed into a channel marker, the impact so severe it threw the two overboard about 1:15am. 

A nearby boat user picked up the two and rush them to Mariners Cove Boat Ramp off Waterlily Drive in Dudley Park. 

Tragically, Mr Lloyd sustained life-threatening injuries and died at the scene. 

The boat’s skipper, a 25-year-old man, walked away unscathed and has been assisting detectives with their investigation. 

Daniel Lloyd killed in a tragic boating crash near Mandurah. Photo: Supplied.

Police located the boat the pair were on several hours later after it continued on without anyone on board.

Both vessels, the boat the two were picked up on and the boat they were on at the time of the accident were forensically examined at the Mariners Cove Boat Ramp before they were taken away by police. 

Detective First Class Constable Geoff Hawley said investigators are piecing together an accurate picture of what happened. 

Still, they are particularly interested in speaking with those who were on a nearby 30-foot Mustang boat, which was moored at Boundary Island.

“Detectives would like to speak to the occupants of that boat, along with any other vessels that were in the area around the time of the crash,” he said. 

“We have spoken to a number of witnesses that saw the two boats traveling between the Mandurah CBD and the incident scene, and we continue to review CCTV footage, including of the incident itself.” 

It’s understood investigators are looking at speed and alcohol as possible factors but have ruled out racing as a cause of the crash. 

Police say the boat which may of witnessed the incident was moored at Boundary Island.
Photo: Supplied.

Mr Lloyd’s sister, Natalie Leisfield, held back tears as she pleaded for members of the public to come forward with answers. 

“We are just pleading with anyone, if you’ve seen it, if you were there or saw anything, or if you were on that boat just to come forward, and please just let us know,” she said.  

Anyone with information relating to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at www.crimestopperswa.com.au

Tex Reeks

Texas (Tex) Reeks is a video journalist and national award-winning news photographer. Reeks' dedication and commitment to local news media and telling stories has seen him build an extensive portfolio in Western Australia's news industry from a young age. Writing online stories and covering news events for Perth's mainstream media networks, Reeks, has covered and broken some of WA's biggest breaking news stories including shark attacks, police manhunts, plane crashes, major crime investigations, and major political incidents. Reeks' interest and knowledge in criminology and policing results in his focus on crime and court stories.
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