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Sport News Chris Caserta: Jockey presumed dead after being caught in a rip current

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Shortly after 10 p.m. Wednesday, Caserta, 26, and a companion entered the water at Surfers Paradise Beach in Queensland, police said.

The woman, who has not been identified by police, has been able to reach the shore, but land, sea and air searches of Caserta continue.

“Unfortunately, I had the heartbreaking task of telling Chris’s parents that this was not a search and rescue operation for Chris. We are looking for Chris’s body as the survival time has passed. “said Jay Notaro, Queensland Police Senior Sgt. , told reporters.

“It is an absolute tragedy anytime, but especially just before Christmas. On behalf of the Queensland Police Service, I would like to convey our sincere condolences to their family, friends and colleagues in the racing industry.

“We will continue to search and our goal is to bring Chris back to his family.”

Notaro added that passers-by alerted authorities and helped calm the woman after she recovered from the water.

“They got into the water at the same time and were pretty close when they both got into trouble,” he said.

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Return currents – fast flowing waters that usually flow off the beach – are common in Surfers Paradise. The beach is lifeguarded between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., according to Notaro, as he warned people not to enter the water outside of these hours given the potential dangers.

Racing Queensland CEO Brendan Parnell said on Thursday: “Our hearts are with Chris and his family at this time.”

Racing Queensland works with the Gold Coast Turf Club (GCTC) to bring well-being and support to family, friends and other members of the Caserta racing industry.

“First of all, our hearts go out to Chris’s family and the entire running community as the research continues,” said Steve Lines, CEO of GCTC.

Caserta, who moved from Victoria to Queensland last year, has recorded more than 150 victories in his career, according to Racing.com.

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