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Majak Daw, 27, falls off a bridge into the Yarra River in Melbourne 

Footy star Majak Daw, 27, is seriously injured after falling off a bridge into the Yarra River in Melbourne

  • North Melbourne defender fell from the 25m-high Bolte Bridge in Docklands
  • He broke his hip but was recovering in a stable condition in hospital
  • Daw was first Sudanese-born AFL player after fleeing war to Australia in 2003
  • Fall was just months after a breakout 2018 season where he established himself 
  • Do you know more? Email nic.white@mailonline.com 

AFL player Majak Daw has fallen from a bridge into the Yarra River in Melbourne, months after a breakout football season.

The 27-year-old broke his hip in the fall and was rushed to hospital after being fished out of the river about 11pm on Monday night.

The North Melbourne defender fell from the 25m-high Bolte Bridge in Docklands, near where his team plays most of its home games.

Daw is the first Sudanese-born player in the AFL after arriving in Australia with his family in 2003 via Egypt, fleeing the Second Sudanese Civil War. 

AFL player Majak Daw has fallen from a bridge into the Yarra River in Melbourne

The North Melbourne defender fell from the 25m-high Bolte Bridge in Docklands, near where his team plays most of its home games

The North Melbourne defender fell from the 25m-high Bolte Bridge in Docklands, near where his team plays most of its home games

He was in a stable condition with non-life threatening injuries at Royal Melbourne Hospital, Ambulance Victoria said.

Daw had a slow start to his career after he was taken with the ninth overall pick in the 2010 draft.

He only played 50 games but enjoyed a breakout season in 2018 after moving to defence, averaging 5.3 marks a game.

Daw had surgery after the season to repair a broken foot but was expected back to training on January 14.

The 27-year-old (pictured on Derby Day last month) broke his hip in the fall and was rushed to hospital after being fished out of the river about 11pm on Monday night

The 27-year-old (pictured on Derby Day last month) broke his hip in the fall and was rushed to hospital after being fished out of the river about 11pm on Monday night

Daw had a slow start to his career after he was taken with the ninth overall pick in the 2010 draft, but had a breakout season in 2018

Daw had a slow start to his career after he was taken with the ninth overall pick in the 2010 draft, but had a breakout season in 2018

North Melbourne is still finding out what happened and is expected to make a statement this morning. 

In July 2014 he was charged with three counts of rape stemming from an alleged incident seven years earlier, but was acquitted in December 2015. 

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