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WA basketball star Anthony Exeter clings to life after freak accident on Bussell Highway

Much-loved WA basketball stalwart Anthony Exeter is clinging to life in hospital after a freak accident on Bussell Highway.

Mr Exeter was driving near Ludlow with his wife and two children at 1.15pm on Friday when a canopy detached from a boat being towed in front of him and slammed into the windscreen of his car.

WA basketball stalwart Anthony Exeter remains on life support after debris flew through his windscreen on the Bussell Highway.WA basketball stalwart Anthony Exeter remains on life support after debris flew through his windscreen on the Bussell Highway.
Camera IconWA basketball stalwart Anthony Exeter remains on life support after debris flew through his windscreen on the Bussell Highway.Picture: 7 News

The 41-year-old received serious injuries and was flown to Royal Perth Hospital, where he remained overnight in critical condition on life support. His wife and kids were not hurt in the incident.

In a heart-wrenching post on Facebook, Mr Exeter’s brother-in-law Rory Mouttet appealed for prayers of support.

“I truly believe in miracles and I believe that if enough people speak his name in their minds with love that we can bring him back,” he wrote.

Bryce Burch moves through Flames' (8) Anthony Exeter and Stephen Watson.Bryce Burch moves through Flames' (8) Anthony Exeter and Stephen Watson.
Camera IconBryce Burch moves through Flames’ (8) Anthony Exeter and Stephen Watson.

“This is our last hope but we have not lost it. What will be will be but please, give my friend a fighting chance. We love him. Please.”

Mr Exeter played more than 300 games for the Rockingham Flames and Perth Redbacks in the State Basketball League.

He was crowned SBL rookie of the year in his debut season for the Flames in 1995 and is among few Australians ever to earn the league’s highest honour, named most valuable player in 2000. He was also selected for the SBL All-Star team from 1999 to 2001.

He turned down advances from multiple National Basketball League clubs.

The driver of the vehicle towing the boat is helping police with their inquiries.

Rockingham Flames Basketball Club president Warren Boucaut said he hoped Mr Exeter would recover.

He described Mr Exeter as an “outstanding young man” who a member of the inaugural Flames State Basketball League team.

“Anthony was the second Australian to win MVP for the State Basketball League competition,” Mr Boucaut said.

“Anthony is a devoted father of two young children and he is greatly respected and admired player and member of the Rockingham Flames family.

“He, his family and friends have the full support of the Rockingham Flames family throughout this difficult time.”

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