A woman has died after a boat capsized on the Nepean River in Penrith today.
About 12.40pm, emergency services were called to the Nepean River near Bruce Neale Drive, after reports a boat with five people onboard had overturned.
A multi-agency rescue operation commenced involving officers from Nepean Police Area Command, PolAir, NSW Rural Fire Service, Fire and Rescue NSW and NSW Ambulance paramedics.
Two men and two teenagers were rescued from the water and taken to Nepean Hospital for observation and treatment of minor injuries.
A woman was pulled from the water unconscious and treated by paramedics; however, she died a short time later.
She is yet to be formally identified but is believed to be aged 33.
NSW Ambulance Acting Superintendent Greg Marshall said it was a tragi ending to what should have been a fun day on the water.
“It was a complex rescue operation with several people in the water when paramedics arrived on scene. We worked closely with Police, Fire and Rescue and the SES to get them out as quickly and safely as possible,” he said.
“This is a reminder to everyone out on the water this summer on how quickly things can turn. Paramedics are urging people to take care.”
Detectives have commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident and anyone who may have information is urged to contact Penrith Police Station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Troy Dodds is the Weekender’s Managing Editor and Senior Writer. He has more than 20 years experience as a journalist, working with some of Australia’s leading media organisations.