British father and nine-year-old son killed in landslide while on holiday in Australia

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.”

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