A man has been set alight after another man allegedly attempted to ignite an aerosol in the Deniliquin Ute Muster, as police appeal for public assistance for further information.
At around 6.40pm on Saturday, emergency services responded to reports that a man had been set alight in the campsite area at the event in the town of Deniliquin in southern New South Wales, near the Victorian border.
A 22-year-old man was found to have suffered severe burns to his face after he was allegedly set on fire by a man attempting to ignite an aerosol nearby.
The 22-year-old was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being flown to Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, where he remains in a serious condition. Officers from the Murray River Police District launched an investigation.
Investigators have released images of a man who may be able to assist in their investigation.
He is described as having Caucasian appearance, being in his early 20s, around 170 centimeters tall and having brown mullet hair.
He wears a green shirt, blue shorts with a yellow stripe, a red and black hat and no shoes.
The Deni Ute Muster has become one of Australia’s top events, attracting 20,000 people to celebrate country life and the iconic ‘ute’ over the long weekend.
Artists who performed at this year’s event included Jessica Mauboy, John Williamson, Lee Kernaghen, Missy Higgins and the Whitlams.