A CHAMPION speedboat racer who died in a crash on Tuesday afternoon has been remembered as a good mate and a responsible skipper who was highly regarded by all who competed against him.
Nanjing Night Net

The body of Steven Antuch was pulled from the Georges River on Wednesday morning after a horror accident on Tuesday afternoon in which his boat overturned near the ramp at the end of The River Road in the Georges River National Park in south-west Sydney.

The accident, in which it is believed the boat split in two, sparked a major rescue operation and search of the river involving police divers and SES volunteers.

The 28-year-old had been travelling in the boat with another man, 27, from Hurstville, who was taken to hospital after the boat rolled. However, he returned to the river on Wednesday morning, joining Mr Antuch’s family and friends for a vigil.

St George Motor Boat Club commodore Robert Taylor said it was a ”very traumatic time” for those in the club. ”We are only a small family and we are all shocked,” he said.

Mr Taylor was so impressed with Mr Antuch he had recommended him for a senior position in the club.

”He was only 28. He was the nicest and most responsible young man I know. So much so I recommended him as vice-commodore of St George Aquatic club, that’s how highly I thought of him,” he said.

”A lot of young blokes are a little bit irresponsible, drink too much and are rowdy. Steve was not like that.”

Mr Taylor described Mr Antuch as a ”competent boat driver” who was ”highly regarded by his competitors”. He was a champion racer with records for bridge-to-bridge events, he said.

Police said the boat was submerged following the accident.

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