Teenage girl’s frantic 90-minute cry for help after father and brother are killed in a landslide

A 15-year-old girl hiked 90 minutes to get help for her family after a landslide at Wentworth Falls in Australia’s Blue Mountains killed her father and brother

A 15-year-old girl hiked 90 minutes to get help in the Blue Mountains
A 15-year-old girl hiked 90 minutes to get help in the Blue Mountains

A 15-year-old teenage girl hiked for 90 minutes to raise the alarm after her family was caught in a landslide in Australia that killed her father and brother.

The family hiked at Wentworth Falls in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, where heavy rain had made conditions treacherous when the earth gave way and hit them on Monday afternoon.

The 49-year-old father and his nine-year-old son were killed and the mother, 50, and a second son, 14, are fighting for their lives in hospital.

It has now emerged that the 15-year-old daughter, who was unharmed, hiked for an hour and a half to try to find help.

She was described by police as “extremely distressed” and was treated in hospital for shock.

The landslide happened in the Blue Mountains after several weeks of rain

The mother and 14-year-old boy suffered head and abdominal injuries and required sedation before being pulled from the landslide in an operation involving two helicopters.

Blue Mountains Area Command Acting Superintendent John Nelson said the bodies of the 49-year-old father and nine-year-old boy were still at the site of the landslide as of Tuesday morning.

Speaking to radio station 2GB, Mr Nelson said emergency services were focused on caring for the two seriously injured family members yesterday.

“Of course it takes some time, it’s a good 90-minute walk to where the landslide occurred and the spot is quite dangerous,” he said.

“They had to make this place as safe as possible so that rescue workers could provide this care. As such, we are still in the recovery phase for the two people who did not survive.”

A father and a nine-year-old son died in the tragedy

He said the 50-year-old woman and 14-year-old boy are in critical condition at Westmead Hospital in Sydney.

The family were on holiday from the UK when the tragedy struck, police said.

The area experienced heavy rain for several weeks, causing the National Parks and Wildlife Service to close some portions, but the area on the Wentworth Falls route where the accident occurred was not closed.

It was a warm and sunny Monday day when the family went trekking and they seemed to have received no warning before the landslide hit.

“This is absolutely heartbreaking for everyone involved and a truly tragic end to what was sure to be an enjoyable day,” Chief Superintendent Stewart Clarke told the media 7news.com.au.

The mother and a 14-year-old boy are fighting for their lives in the hospital

“It is terribly sad to have lost two lives here today and my heart goes out to the families and survivors of this horrific ordeal who have witnessed what is sure to be a traumatic event.

“This was a really complex and delicate rescue operation for our crews working to reach patients in the harsh bushland and navigating unstable ground.”

The trail to Wentworth Falls is very steep and has been rated a difficulty level four by the National Park and Wildlife Service, meaning it is recommended for experienced hikers.

The Blue Mountains attract four million tourists a year, the most of any national park in Australia.

A spokesman for the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) said: “We are providing consular support to the family of a British couple and their children following an incident in Australia.

“We are in contact with the local authorities.”

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