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Australian BMX star Dane Searls dies after hotel accident

By:
Cycling News
Published:
November 25, 2011, 13:22 GMT,
Updated:
November 25, 2011, 13:24 GMT
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Sunday, November 27, 2011
Dane Searls plunged to his death in a Gold Coast hotel

Dane Searls plunged to his death in a Gold Coast hotel

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Rider tried to jump from balcony into swimming pool

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Australian BMX star Dane Searls has died in hospital this morning from injuries sustained in a fall from a hotel balcony last weekend.

Searls, 23, fell from the first floor of Billy’s Beach House in Queensland’s Gold Coast last Sunday night and had been in a coma ever since. Sydney Morning Herald reported that he’d been attempting to jump into the hotel pool below but missed, landing on the concrete and suffering critical head and back injuries. He was rushed to hospital at around 8.30pm on Sunday evening but succumbed to his injuries this morning.

Just two days earlier he had set a new world record during a series of dirt jumps near Boonah, successfully landing an 18-metre gap jump.

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