After a landslide in Australia, two members of a British family perished and two others were badly injured.
On Monday, a falling rock killed the guy, 49, and his nine-year-old son in the Blue Mountains near Sydney.
A 50-year-old mother and her 14-year-old son were both brought to the hospital with significant head and abdomen injuries. Her 15-year-old daughter was hospitalized for shock.
The family was on vacation in the famous tourist location when the tragedy occurred, according to authorities.
“Unfortunately, a landslide occurred while they were bushwalking. It’s a terrible situation, to say the least “Supt John Nelson of the New South Wales Police Force remarked as much.
Paramedics claimed the mother and adolescent son needed sedation and intubation before being winched to safety and taken to the hospital on Monday.
According to officials, the juvenile girl was also transported to the hospital and was “very upset.”
“We’ve concentrated on caring for her while her mother and brother receive the greatest medical treatment possible, and just trying to get that support for the little 15-year-old,” Supt Nelson said.
The remains of the father and son had to be recovered on Tuesday since the terrain was “very treacherous,” according to authorities.
At this time, no information on the victims has been provided, including where they are from in the United Kingdom. The Foreign Office said it was in contact with local authorities and was “offering consular support to the family of a British couple and their children following an incident in Australia.”
The Blue Mountains, like all of Australia’s east coast, have been battered by weeks of severe rain.
According to the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service website, certain walking trails have been blocked “due to flood damage and continued rockfall danger.”
The track near Wentworth Falls, however, was recently certified safe, according to a spokeswoman.
“The walking trail where this catastrophe happened was assessed as part of a normal track inspection program in the days leading up to the rockslide,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
“Unfortunately, all natural threats, such as rockslides, which can occur at any time throughout the state, cannot be predicted or eliminated.”
Following the disposal of the bodies, the NSW Department of Environment and Heritage said that the area would be restricted to the public until further notice while a “full review” was carried out.
Premier Dominic Perrottet of New South Wales condemned the tragedy as “tragic” and said he will seek opinion on whether the walking pathway should have been accessible given the recent heavy rain.
“These tragedies happen far too frequently, so we will do all we can to keep people safe,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
“Obviously, the Blue Mountains are a popular destination for hikers. It is one of the world’s marvels, yet any government would be derelict if it did not respond when such catastrophes happened.”