Landslide horror with two bushwalkers dead and two others in a critical condition at a popular tourist walk in the NSW Blue Mountains
- Two are dead and two in critical condition after landslide in Blue Mountains
- Emergency services were called to Wentworth Falls in the national park
- Group of five bushwalkers were believed to be taken by debris in landslip
Two bushwalkers have died and two others are in a critical condition following a landslide in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney.
Emergency services were called about 1.40pm on Monday after reports several people had been injured following a landslip near Wentworth Pass, at Wentworth Falls.
NSW Police have since confirmed a man and a boy died at the scene while another male and female are in a critical condition.
A rescue and recovery operation is currently underway to winch the two critical patients out of the area. A fifth person, a girl, was physically unharmed, and walked to safety.
Two bushwalkers have died following a landslide in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney
Early reports indicated the group – three adults and two kids – were a family hiking through the area.
NSW Ambulance Acting Chief Superintendent Stewart Clarke said passers-by found the injured group and alerted emergency services.
Paramedics are working to air lift the two critical patients out of the bushland.
‘They have significant head and abdominal injuries,’ he told reporters on Monday afternoon.
‘Both patients have been treated. Once they are winched and extricated they will be taken to the most appropriate hospital.’
Authorities are still working to determine whether the group were hit from above by the landslide or walking on a cliff face that fell.
However, Superintendent Clarke described the terrain as an ‘extremely dangerous, unstable environment’, after recent rainfall across the region.
‘This is absolutely heartbreaking for all involved and a truly tragic ending to what I’m sure was meant to be a pleasant day out,’ he said.
Paramedics were winched from a rescue helicopter down the cliff face as they searched for anyone who had been taken by moving debris
‘It is terribly sad to have lost two lives here today and my heart goes out to the families and the survivors of this horrific ordeal who have witnessed what is certainly a traumatic event.’
‘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.’
Seven paramedic road crews including special operations paramedics and two rescue helicopters with a critical care Doctor and a critical care paramedic on board were dispatched to the scene.
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