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    A 20-year-old man has been stabbed to death during a mass brawl at a West Australian beach party on New Year's Eve.

    Two other people, both aged 25, were injured during the fight at Wedge Island, 160 kilometres north of Perth.

    Up to 300 people had gathered on the beach for a rave and it is believed the brawl involved up to 90 people, some armed with machetes or large knives.

    Aleksandar Adamovic, 19, was at the beach and says early in the evening everyone was relaxed and enjoying the rave, but that soon changed.

    "We were there where the rave was and some[one] who was trying to drive off, some guy punched his car - he drives off, comes back and he got out of his car, and I saw him, I was right next to him, and he had a knife," he said.

    "He had a knife on him, and he went back in the car, put it in, and then disappeared into the crowd."

    Too much alcohol fuels aggression

    Mr Adamovic's friend Blake Barac, 30, described how the situation began deteriorating.

    "You were getting groups sort of starting fights and then moving along, people having too much alcohol," he said.

    The two left but returned some time later to find a group in the dunes around the man who had been stabbed.

    Mr Barac says people were frantically trying to save the stabbed man, and when paramedics arrived, they continued CPR.

    He says a little while later, the rescue helicopter arrived.

    "We had people telling everyone in four wheel drives to turn their lights on for the helicopter when it came down, [so] it could see where it's going to land."

    The 20-year-old victim was from the Perth suburb of Kelmscott.

    Wedge Island attracts fishers and holidaymakers but locals say people from Perth have been coming in recent years to stage an illegal rave event.

    It is understood authorities shut the party down, but nobody was moved on.

    Police spokesman Sam Dinnison says the alarm was raised about 1.30am local time.

    "Local police and detectives were deployed and upon arrival it was confirmed a male person was deceased and that other[s] were injured and required urgent medical treatment," he said.

    "One person was flown to Royal Perth Hospital by the RAC rescue helicopter and the other [was] taken by ambulance to the Joondalup Health Campus."

    Police set up roadblock and stop vehicles

    Police are stopping all vehicles as they leave Wedge and taking drivers' details.

    Dozens of officers have been brought in to help in the murder inquiry, as the crime scene involves potentially hundreds of witnesses.

    Acting commissioner Steve Brown is appealing for any witnesses to come forward, especially those believed to have filmed the incident on their phone.

    "There were 10,000 people alone in Lancelin last night and to the north of Lancelin at Wedge Island and along the beachfront there are hundreds, if not thousands, of people camping," he said.

    "We are aware a number of witnesses to the scene took footage on their mobile phones or other means and we're very keen to make contact with those people.

    "That evidence is critical to this investigation."

    He says police are still piecing together exactly what happened.

    "Large numbers of police are working on the crime scene at Wedge Island, interviewing witnesses who remain there and that will be ongoing throughout the course of the day," he said.

    "The offender or offenders have not been apprehended, but in my opinion and on my advice, it is only a matter of time before those apprehensions are made."

    Man stabbed to death at out-of-control New Year s Eve beach party at Wedge Island, WA - Yahoo!7

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    A 23-YEAR-old man has appeared in court charged with the murder of Kelmscott man James Dorloff at a Wedge Island beach rave party on New Year's Eve.

    Joseph Robert Houston, from Swan View, is also charged with attempted grievous bodily harm and unlawful wounding of Tyson Cumming, who was also injured.

    It is alleged Mr Houston slashed the victim across the throat with a machete after a fight erupted at the New Year's beach rave party.

    Mr Houston, who is in custody, was not required to plead to any of the charges when he appeared in Perth Magistrate's Court today.

    He was remanded in custody on a seven-day hospital order for a mental health assessment and will next appear in court on January 9.

    A 20-YEAR-old man is dead and two others were injured in a brawl on a remote WA beach north of Perth on New Year's Eve.

    The father of Mr Houston told media outside Perth Magistrates Court today his family gave Mr Dorloff's family their "deepest heartfelt sympathies."

    "We don't know the full circumstances yet, but when we do, it will all come out in the wash," he said.

    "Until then, please, just leave my family alone."

    Earlier, friends of Mr Dorloff, 21, took to social media to express their sadness over the New Year's tragedy, which unfolded on a remote beach about 160km north of Perth.

    Their posts show a tight-knit circle of friends gutted by the events in Wedge Island.

    "Thank you for riding shotgun through this car wreck that is my life," his friend Johnny Cady posted with a photo of Mr Dorloff.

    "The maddest nicest most genuine cobba out always keen to party beyond sunrise drinkin 'n smoken with friend rember the good tyms with this loose kid! Next week Johnny have to catch up think a hug would do good x," a friend replied.

    "Still can't come to terms, I'm in disbelief xx" said another.

    Another friend Michelle Polette posted yesterday that her friend would be missed.

    "Laying in bed with my eyes filled with tears knowing in not the only one broken," she wrote late last night.

    "It's not fair how innocent life gets taking so young, you were a awsum mate to party with & a good bloke., pretty deverstating how people can't even have a good New Years with out sum dog bring weapons, hope the scum gets what's coming that did this RIP mate you will be missed James," Ms Polette wrote yesterday.

    "Arhhh my body is just filled with anger!!!! Why do people think it's OK to take another's life! Why? This violence has to stop, it's so unfair!!!!! ;(((( see you soon enough James!!!!" Yvonne Ransom wrote on her page.

    Mr Dorloff died and two friends - including a woman - were injured in a brawl at the remote beach on New Year's Eve.

    Major Crime squad officers spent the day yesterday at the beach interviewing dozens of people who attended the rave party.

    Forensic officers spent much of the day there yesterday.

    A small community of fishing and holiday shacks makes up the Wedge Island settlement on the mainland.

    Police were called to the beach at 1.30am New Year's Day, where officers were initially told a person had been seriously assaulted and that he was unresponsive and CPR was being performed.

    Police and the RAC Helicopter were sent to assist the local medical team.

    "Local police and detectives were deployed and upon arrival it was confirmed that a male person was deceased on the beach, and two other people were injured and required medical treatment," a WA Police spokeswoman said.

    A man, 25, was airlifted to Royal Perth Hospital by helicopter with a serious arm injury and a woman, also 25, was taken to Joondalup Health Campus by road ambulance.

    Inquiries into the circumstances surrounding the incident are continuing and anyone with information is asked to telephone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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