The young woman who died in a tragic boating crash on Sydney’s northern beaches has been named as German expat Kassandra Muhr.
The 20-year-old, who was renovating a 28-foot yacht, was in a small boat near Elinva Bay on Pittwater on Sunday night when she collided with another boat, believed to have been driven by her boyfriend Kobi Bennett.
Ms Muhr was found unresponsive in one of the boats and, despite the best efforts of all responders, couldn’t be saved and died at the scene.
Mr Bennett, 19, was airlifted to Royal North Shore Hospital in a serious but stable condition, suffering multiple cuts, abrasions and bruises to his face and legs.
A chilling premonition before the tragedy
Three months ago, Ms Muhr set up an Instagram account to document her “boat reno.”
“I figured as a girl with a huge passion for boats and the ocean, as well as fixing things, it might be fun to follow the rebuild of my 28-foot yacht, Eric,” she said in her first post.
“As I have zero experience in boat building, this is gonna be a challenge I’m super keen on.”
Just a week before her death, Ms Muhr wrote about fixing the navigation lights that allow vessels to be seen at night.
“I thought it was time to invest in some navigation lights without the risk of getting caught every night,” she said on July 10th.”
“There is still more wiring to do, but at least they’re in.”
While in another eerie post days before her death, showing Ms Muhr sanding her boat, she told followers: “If you see a ghost flying (in blue Haines) over Pittwater, that’s probably me covered in dust".
Kassandra's heartbroken family
Ms Muhr’s mother told The Daily Telegraph that her daughter had only gone to Australia for a short holiday, but had fallen in love with the country and never left.
That was three years ago.
While Romana Muhr admits that she wasn’t happy with ‘Kaysy’s’ decision to stay, she could see that “she was really happy and had found good friends.”
“She left her soul in Australia,” Mrs Muhr said from Germany, “a place she truly loved".
“She always told us to visit her so that she can show us why she fell in love with Australia.”
Authorities continue to investigate
Detective Superintendent Murray Reynolds said on Monday investigations into the collision were ongoing.
“It is a tragedy, it’s a horrific set of circumstances,” he said.
“We’re yet to understand exactly what happened, but potentially the vessels were going in opposite directions.”
Police have since retrieved the two boats involved in the crash, which are both described as five-metre open runabouts. They will now undergo scientific examination.
Officers will also look into whether either drivers had been speeding or consuming alcohol in the lead-up to the incident, and whether safety equipment was used.
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