West Adelaide Footballer Hospitalized After Incident at Port Lincoln Hotel

  • In short: A West Adelaide footballer remains in hospital after an incident at the Pier Hotel in Port Lincoln.
  • SA Police say a man fell through the roof of the hotel and emergency services were called on Sunday morning.
  • What’s next? His family has issued a statement and is waiting by his side in hospital.

West Adelaide footballer Sam May, 24, remains at the Royal Adelaide Hospital after an incident at Port Lincoln at the weekend.

Emergency services were called to the Pier Hotel on Sunday morning after reports a man had fallen through the roof.

SA Police said the man was taken to hospital a short time later.

A spokesperson for SA Health said the man remained in a serious condition.

Drone footage of the hotel shows a hole in the roof of the building, but the Pier Hotel declined to provide comment.

In a statement, May’s family said they were “truly grateful for the incredible care our beautiful boy received in Port Lincoln”.

Emergency services were called to the Pier Hotel at Port Lincoln on Sunday morning after reports a man had fallen through the roof. (Supplied: Mark Thomas)

“He has been blessed to be surrounded by such caring, clever people,” the statement read.

“We are forever grateful that his loyal Westies family and the beautiful Heard family were by his side.

“Sammy is the light of our lives and we absolutely love and adore him as does everyone who is lucky enough to meet him.

“As awful and as difficult it is, we just need to wait now…

“We all know he has the heart of a lion and an amazingly brave spirit and he will be doing everything he can to get back to his best.”

The West Adelaide Football Club was in Port Lincoln for the Round 3 SANFL game against Norwood on Saturday afternoon.

Club, SANFL providing support to family

In a statement, the club said it would continue to support the family.

“The West Adelaide Football Club can confirm that Senior Men’s player Sam May was involved in an incident in the early hours of Sunday morning in Port Lincoln,” West Adelaide Football Club CEO Conny Wilson said.

“Our priority is the health and well-being of Sam and his family as well as the wider West Adelaide community.

“The club requests that the family and everyone involved is given space and privacy as we work through this difficult situation.”

The SANFL said it was aware of an “off field” incident at the weekend.

“Our thoughts are with Sam, his family and friends at such a difficult time, as well as the players and officials at the West Adelaide Football Club,” the statement read.

“We are providing ongoing assistance to the club as they support Sam’s family, their players, staff and volunteers.

“Out of respect for Sam and his family, we will not be providing any further comment at this point in time.”

2024-04-22 06:40:11
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