RESOLVED: How teenage girl, 16, and her father desperately clung to their capsized catamaran while her grandparents drowned in a family tragedy that left three dead
- A five-person catamaran capsized 13 km from Stockton Beach in Newcastle
- Rescuers brought her daughter and her father to safety and rushed them to the hospital
- Three adults, including the teenager's grandparents, were found dead in water
A 16-year-old girl and her father clung to a toppled catamaran while three other passengers, including the teenage grandparents, drowned in the rough seas of Newcastle.
Authorities were warned when an emergency beacon was triggered from the capsize boat 13 nautical miles from Stockton Beach, around 10.10 a.m. on Thursday.
The teenager and her 50-year-old father were whipped out of the water and taken to John Hunter Hospital to be treated for hypothermia.
The girl's 78-year-old grandmother and grandfather and a third unidentified body were taken out of the water by Marine Rescue, said the NSW police.
A 16-year-old girl and her father clung to a reversed catamaran while three other passengers, including the teenage grandparents, drowned in the rough seas of Newcastle
The bodies return to the Navy Harbor headquarters in Newcastle Harbor after the hunting tragedy
& # 39; The two people they got out of the water were actually holding onto the fallen vessel & # 39 ;, Ambulance NSW inspector Luke Wiseman told reporters in Newcastle.
The rescue mission was complicated by high seas, strong winds and debris in the water, he said.
According to the authorities, all five people wore life jackets.
The catamaran with a length of 11.7 meters had left Shoal Bay earlier on Thursday morning and headed south towards Ettalong Beach on the Central Coast.
Detective Acting Chief Inspector Grant Healey said it was unclear how the boat capsized, with the police still talking to the two survivors.
Ambulance NSW inspector Luke Wiseman said that crews responded to an emergency beacon of 11.7 meters in length and arrived in a disturbing scene. Depicted: bodies of the dead arrive on land
& # 39; The circumstances were difficult & # 39 ;, he told reporters in Sydney.
& # 39; We had 25 to 30 knots of westerly winds, with the sea coming one or two meters the other way. So it was pretty messy out there. & # 39;
Authorities have not yet succeeded in finding the overthrown catamaran drifting towards the sea.
& # 39; Once favorable conditions at sea, an attempt will be made to salvage the ship, & # 39; said Det Acting Supt Healy.
The man and the girl were taken to John Hunter Hospital where they are treated for hypothermia. Depicted: bodies of the dead arrive on land
Sea shipping and a Westpac rescue helicopter rushed on the spot. Depicted is a police boat next to the sinking catamaran
& # 39; But while the weather is as it is, we can only let the watersport community know where it is. & # 39;
A strong wind warning is in place along the coast of NSW, from the Jager to Eden.
Roads and maritime services encourage fishermen and boatmen to exercise extra caution, with jerky conditions expected on exposed bays, as well as dangerous rough conditions at sea.
The five sailors who left Shoal Bay on the north side of Stockton Beach and were on their way to Ettalong on the Central Coast have not been identified. Depicted: bodies of the dead arrive on land
Police said the capsized boat is still drifting from Newcastle and the police will try to make it when the wind calms down. Depicted: bodies of the dead arrive on land
Ambulance NSW inspector Luke Wiseman said that crews arrived at a & # 39; very, very confronting & # 39; scene. Pictured: a stock image of a catamaran
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