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British family on holiday in Australia caught in landslide with father and son killed

A tragedy struck a British family on holiday in Australia following the deaths of a father and son, aged nine years old, and their son, nine years. The mother and son sustained serious injuries and were later killed by a landslide.

Officers added that a 15-year-old girl of the same family survived the incident and was able to walk away from it – with the help of emergency service staff – in a remote area of the Blue Mountains in New South Wales.

Later, she was treated for shock.

Police in New South Wales said that the boy and his father, a 49-year-old man, died at Wentworth Falls, west of Sydney, on Monday.


Stewart Clarke, a New South Wales ambulance spokesperson, said that the mother, 50, and her 14-year-old son were treated on the spot by critical care paramedics. They then flew out of the valley in a rescue helicopter.

After being evaluated, they will be taken to “the best hospital”, Mr Clarke said, adding that surgery is possible.

He described the situation as “heartbreaking” and said that patients suffered from “significant head injuries and abdominal injuries”. They had to be sedated, intubated and induced to allow them to breathe before they were winched to safety.

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Police said the five tourists were on holiday in Australia and they were among the 4 million visitors who visit the Blue Mountains National Park every year.

Clarke stated that the landslip was preceded by weeks of rain in Sydney, making it “extremely dangerous” and “unstable” for rescuers.

Blue Mountains Command Detective Superintendent John Nelson called it “a tragic sight” and said that rescuers were working under “very difficult conditions”.

He said, “A girl is walking out at this moment, and who is clearly clearly [and] extremely distraught.”

He said that officers would attempt to talk to her to learn what happened.

He said that the weather conditions were acceptable and added that he knew the hiking trail was still open at the time.

After being contacted by someone “in or near” the group, emergency services were called to Wentworth Pass at 1.40pm.

The remote location was located in dense bushland and was reached by police helicopters, officers from local communities, and a specialist rescue team. It is about a 90-minute drive from the parking lot.

Clarke stated that the injured couple were winched out at 6pm.

He said, “It’s extraordinarily confronting and heartbreaking,” especially when you involve children.

Clarke said that police support officers and ambulance chaplains also attended “to help our people”.

The British Consulate can be of assistance.


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