Police have confirmed a mother was sadly involved in a tragic jet ski accident in North Queensland, which killed her son.

Luke Powell, 15, died after falling from an inflatable tyre being towed by a jet ski in Townsville on Sunday.

It’s understood the jet ski was being driven by Luke’s mother, reports 7 news.

“As the jet ski attempted to execute a turn in the river, I understand he was flipped over and thrown into the river bank,” Inspector Mark Jackson said.

Police say it’s a tragic reminder to play it safe on our waterways these holidays.

A family statement said Luke loved everything about the water.

“Luke was a loveable larrikin and a beautiful young man,” the statement read. “Our family is devastated by his loss and are still trying to come to terms with the tragedy.”

Earlier this year a QLD father was charged after his nine-year-old boy died and his six-year-old son was seriously injured, after he accidentally crashed his jet ski. His court case was delayed as he battled with legal aidRead more here.

RIP Luke, our thoughts are with all involved.

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  • You have to feel for Luke’s Mum who will possibly have nightmares about this for a very long time. This could easily have happened using a speed boat and skis. With Jet Skis and boats towing skiers I believe there should be a speed limit. Therev has been accidents because the “driver” of one watercraft hasn’t seen the person being “towed” behind another one, and then if they did they were going too fast to take safe evasive action.


  • His family must be devastated but it wasn’t his mother’s fault.


  • My condolences to Luke’s family and hugs to his Mum. I believe this is something that she will find very hard to forgive herself for. It was just a tragic accident and I hope no-one blames her. I’m sure Luke would not have blamed his Mum for this tragedy. RIP Luke.


  • Having mum involved would just make this accident all the harder to bear.


  • There have been many, many tragedies involving jet skis. More warnings should be placed on these devices. I cannot imagine how devastated this family must be. My deepest condolences.


  • So tragic ! Poor kid, poor mum ! My heart goes out to her.


  • Oh! Poor kid. What a tragedy. There are no words. :-(


  • What an awful situation. Thoughts are with the family through this difficult time.


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