Australia Day tragedy as woman dies after boat capsizes on a river in Sydney’s west
A woman has died and four people have been rushed to hospital after a boat capsized on a river in Sydney’s west.
Emergency services were called to the Nepean River, near Bruce Neale Drive in Penrith, about 12.40pm Wednesday after reports a boat with five people onboard had overturned.
Two men and two teenagers were rescued from the water and taken to Nepean Hospital for observation and treatment of minor injuries.
A woman was pulled from the water unconscious and treated by paramedics; however, she died a short time later.
A woman has died after a tinny carrying five people capsized in the Nepean River (pictured), in Penrith, about 12.40pm on Wednesday
She is yet to be formally identified but is believed to be aged 33.
The rescue effort involved multiple agencies, officers from Nepean Police Area Command, PolAir, NSW Rural Fire Service, Fire and Rescue NSW and NSW Ambulance paramedics.
NSW Ambulance Acting Superintendent Greg Marshall said the incident was ‘tragic’.
‘This is a tragic ending for this family on what should have been a fun day out on the water this Australia Day,’ he said in a statement.
‘It was a complex rescue operation with several people in the water when paramedics arrived on scene.’
Four others – two men and two teenagers – have been rushed to hospital with minor injuries (stock)
Mr Marshall said paramedics worked closely with Police, Fire and Rescue and the SES to get the group out of the water ‘as quickly and safely as possible.’
‘This is a reminder to everyone out on the water this summer on how quickly things can turn,’ he said.
‘Paramedics are urging people to take care.’
More to come.