Former Brisbane Roar boss Mark Kingsman named as man who died in jet ski incident near Gold Coast
Former Brisbane Roar managing director Mark Kingsman has been named as the man who died after falling from a jet ski on South Stradbroke Island near the Gold Coast on Wednesday morning.
- Mr Kingsman was seen struggling in the surf after falling from his jet ski
- Former Socceroo Craig Moore was unable to revive him on the beach
- Brisbane Roar confirmed Mr Kingsman’s death and offered “sincere condolences” to his family
The 54-year-old was with former Australian soccer greats Craig Moore and Danny Tiatto at the time.
“At that time he was conscious — his friends got into the water because he started to struggle in the water … they managed to pull him to shore,” Senior Sergeant Jay Notaro said.
Moore tried to resuscitate Mr Kingsman while they were waiting for ambulance officers to arrive at the island.
“Members of the public also stopped and provided assistance. It appears he was doing nothing wrong,” Senior Sergeant Notaro said.
“I guess this is just a tragic set of circumstances. I can’t see anything that would have saved this man’s life.
“An autopsy will confirm if it was a medical condition.”
In a statement, the Brisbane Roar honoured the former club chief.
“Brisbane Roar Football Club would like to pass on our sincere condolences and prayers to the family and friends of our former managing director, who has passed away,” the club said.
Mr Kingsman was president of the Gold Coast Legends Football Club before joining the Roar in 2016.
He was sacked the following year, with the Roar’s management citing a “restructuring plan” as the reason for the sacking.
The ABC understands there are tentative plans to honour Mr Kingsman at a Brisbane Roar home game this weekend.