A British father and son have died after five members of the same family were caught in a landslide while on vacation in Australia.
The nine-year-old boy and his 49-year-old father died at the scene at Wentworth Pass in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, New South Wales Police said.
A 50-year-old woman and a 14-year-old boy were taken to hospital in critical condition with significant head and abdominal injuries following the incident on the walking track, which was reported to emergency services around 1:40 p.m. local time on Monday. .
A fifth member of the same family, a 15-year-old girl, was treated for shock.
Police said the quintet was made up of British nationals vacationing in Australia.
Acting Superintendent John Nelson said: ‘Unfortunately there was a landslide while they were walking through the bush.
“It’s a pretty tragic scene.”
He described the 15-year-old as “extremely upset”.
Stewart Clarke of NSW Ambulance said the incident happened in an “extremely dangerous and extremely unstable environment”.
He called the situation “heartbreaking”.
A Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) spokesperson 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.”