A tragic landslide in the NSW Blue Mountains claimed the lives of five members of a British family on holiday in Australia.
On Tuesday morning, crews recovered the bodies of the 49-year-old father and his nine-year-old son, who were killed in a landslide on the Wentworth Falls walking circuit at 1.30pm on Monday.
The couple’s 15-year-old daughter miraculously escaped harm, while the mother, 50, and a second son, 14, are fighting for their lives in the hospital.
The devastated teen is said to have made a desperate cry for assistance before being treated for shock by paramedics and making the hour-and-a-half walk back along the hiking trail without her family.
A tragic first light across the Blue Mountains this morning after yesterday’s landslide claimed the lives of a British father & son. Emergency crews arriving shortly to retrieve the bodies @sunriseon7 @7NewsAustralia pic.twitter.com/B3FyRBJwvk
— Liam Tapper (@liamtapper) April 4, 2022
The party was visiting from the United Kingdom, according to NSW Police, and the British consulate is now aiding with the situation.
Rescuers worked into the afternoon on Monday to pull the injured couple to safety.
With two helicopters and special operations paramedics among the team dispatched for the mission, the rescue attempt was complicated by dense vegetation and huge terrain.
“Unfortunately there’s been a landslip while they were bushwalking and a man and a boy have passed away,” NSW Police Detective Acting Superintendent John Nelson told reporters.
“In terms of the site, it’s extremely dangerous and unstable.
“Two other patients are critical, with head and abdominal injuries, requiring sedation before extraction.”