Australian Soldier dies in East Timor motor vehicle accident

An Aus­tralian mem­ber of the Inter­na­tion­al Sta­bil­i­sa­tion Force (ISF), Crafts­man Beau Pridue, has died from injuries sus­tained in a vehi­cle acci­dent near the town of Bau­cau in East Tim­or, ear­ly this morn­ing (15 Sep­tem­ber, 2011).

A sec­ond Aus­tralian ISF mem­ber was injured in the acci­dent and, fol­low­ing Aero Med­ical Evac­u­a­tion, is being treat­ed at an ISF-con­tract­ed med­ical facil­i­ty in Dili. 

The sol­diers were trav­el­ling in an ISF Uni­mog vehi­cle when the acci­dent occurred. 

An Aero Med­ical Team was dis­patched to the scene via heli­copter and the med­ical offi­cer con­firmed the sol­dier had died in the accident. 

The Chief of the Defence Force, Gen­er­al David Hur­ley expressed his deep­est sympathies. 

Our thoughts are with CFN Pridue’s fam­i­ly and the mem­bers of his Bat­tal­ion who are feel­ing his loss” Gen­er­al Hur­ley said. 

The Chief of Joint Oper­a­tions Lieu­tenant Gen­er­al Pow­er said this inci­dent high­light­ed the dan­gers faced by ADF per­son­nel wher­ev­er they were deployed. 

This morning’s trag­ic acci­dent has tak­en the life of anoth­er young man serv­ing his nation,” Lieu­tenant Gen­er­al Pow­er said. 

Our focus at the moment is on sup­port­ing CFN Pridue’s  fam­i­ly and his injured mate, as well as the wider ISF and Army com­mu­ni­ties as they deal with this loss.” 

The sec­ond sol­dier has minor injuries and his prog­no­sis for recov­ery is good. 

Both sol­diers involved in the acci­dent were Army Reservists nor­mal­ly post­ed to the 8 th Com­bat Ser­vices Sup­port Bat­tal­ion in NSW

The sol­diers’ fam­i­lies have been informed. 

An inves­ti­ga­tion into the acci­dent is now underway. 

At the invi­ta­tion of the Gov­ern­ment of Tim­or-Leste, the Inter­na­tion­al Sta­bil­i­sa­tion Force (ISF) has been sup­port­ing the East Tim­or secu­ri­ty forces to main­tain a sta­ble and secure environment. 

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Min­is­te­r­i­al Sup­port and Pub­lic Affairs,
Depart­ment of Defence,
Can­ber­ra, Australia 

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