Australian Landslide Kills 2 British Nationals

New South Wales (NSW) Police confirmed the death of a British father and son, with two other family members critically injured after a landslide while hiking on holiday in the Blue Mountains in Australia.

“Unfortunately, there’s been a landslip while they’ve been bushwalking. It’s quite a tragic scene,” said Supt John Nelson from New South Wales Police.

“Just before 6 pm, a 50-year-old woman and second boy, aged 14, were winched from the location and taken to Westmead Hospital and the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, both in critical conditions,” NSW Police added.

Meanwhile, the Emergency Services walked back the fifth member of the family, a teenager who was “extremely distressed,” and brought her to the Children’s Hospital.

“We’ve focused on caring for her while the best medical care is given to her mum and brother and just trying to get that support for the 15-year-old,” Nelson said. 

NSW Ambulance Acting Ch Supt Stewart Clarke said that the area the family had been hiking was extremely dangerous and unstable.

“This was a really complex and delicate rescue operation for our crews who were working to access patients in rugged bushland and were navigating unstable ground,” Clarke said.

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet said he would be investigating whether the walking track should have been open at the time.

“Obviously, the Blue Mountains is a place where people love to go trekking. It’s one of the wonders of the world but when those tragedies occur it would be remiss of any government not to act,” Perrottet said.

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