Northam Race Club worker Doug Fernihough dies after suspected lightning strike

Doug Fernihough.
Doug Fernihough.

OFFICIALS have confirmed the death of Northam Race Club worker Doug Fernihough, who was thought to have been struck by lightning at the track last Thursday.

Mr Fernihough (57) died late yesterday just under a week after suffering a heart attack while fixing a divot on course.

There was a lightning strike around the time of the incident, which led to suggestions Mr Fernihough may have been hit.

Racing and Wagering WA chief executive Richard Burt released a statement this afternoon offering his condolences to the man’s family.

“It is with great sadness that I confirm the passing of Doug Fernihough late yesterday, surrounded by his loving family,” he said.

“On behalf of the Northam Race Club, RWWA and the broader WA racing fraternity I wish to extend our thoughts and heartfelt condolences to Doug’s family and friends.

“Doug was a respected member of the WA racing community and his passing will be felt by many within the industry.”