Craig Bury killed by freak tree fall on course

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Tributes are flowing for a NSW south coast man killed in a “freak accident” during his regularly Thursday game of golf at Mollymook.

Craig Bury suffered a “traumatic cardiac arrest” when a tree branch fell on his head just before 3pm on Thursday while he was playing at the Hilltop course at Mollymook. The course closed on Friday while the club works with authorities.

Emergency services received a call at 2.45pm on Thursday and dispatched two crews following reports a man in his 50s had been severely injured by a fallen tree.

Witnesses say Mr Bury’s playing partners performed CPR on him before paramedics arrived. Once paramedics were on the scene, they described Mr Bury’s injuries as “quite critical ”.

They took over CPR efforts, but Mr Bury died at the scene. Ambulance officers called it a “freak accident” which caused the man to have a heart attack.

“It appears the man was out for a day of golf with his mates when the freak incident occurred,” NSW Ambulance Inspector Faye Stockman said.

“Unfortunately, the man suffered a significant head injury and went into traumatic cardiac arrest and died at the scene.”

Mr Bury founded an industrial weighing business, Aussie Weighbridge Systems (AWS) in Smeaton Grange in Sydney’s southwest, in the 1990s.

A colleague who did not want to be named told News Corp, “I feel bad for his wife and kids, his whole family,” he said. “He was a really good friend and he will be well missed in the industry. Craig would do anything for you. He was a really good guy.” The colleague said he played at Mollymook Golf Club every Thursday.

Nicole Cini, who said she was a former colleague when she responded to a Facebook post about Mr Bury’s death, said: “This man was my boss at AWS back in 2012! So sad. RIP.”

Mr Bury’s former rugby team, Blacktown Rugby Union club, described him as a “warrior” in a post on Friday.

“Unfortunately we have lost another warrior too early. Craig Bury tragically passed away yesterday. Our thoughts go out to his family. Thank you Craig for your time as a Warrior and support of our club after your playing days. Rest In Peace“

One witness at Mollymook Golf Club, John Hespe, said he was playing golf just ahead of Mr Bury’s group and praised the efforts of his playing partners.

“Very sad day at Hilltop. Playing two holes ahead, we heard the branch crash before worst fears were realised. His playing partners were very brave trying to revive their mate. No words,” Mr Hespe posted on social media.

On Thursday night, Mollymook Golf Club issued a statement to members, offering condolences to Mr Bury’s family.

“It is with heartfelt sympathy we wish to advise that tragically on (Thursday) afternoon one of our members was fatally injured by a falling tree branch while playing on the club’s Hilltop Golf Course,” the messages read.

“We wish to extend our heartfelt sympathies to the man’s family and loved ones, as well as to the players and club employees who were with him at the time of the accident.”

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