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AustraliaGrandparents killed in boating tragedy off NSW coast

03:00  12 july  2019
03:00  12 july  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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Grandparents killed in boating tragedy off NSW coast© Nine Three people have been killed when a catamaran overturned off the coast of Newcastle. A father and daughter are recovering in hospital after the catamaran they were on capsized, killing the girl's grandparents and another man off the NSW coast.

The 11.7m-long catamaran overturned seven nautical miles off the coast of Stockton Beach in Newcastle about 10.10am yesterday.

Police from Marine Area Command, as well as the Marine Rescue Association and the RAAF attended after an emergency beacon was activated.

The catamaran had left Port Stephens yesterday morning and was heading south towards Ettalong, on a trip to the NSW Central Coast, when it overturned.

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The 16-year-old girl and her 50-year-old father were found clinging to the overturned boat and were winched from the water before being taken to John Hunter Hospital.

Grandparents killed in boating tragedy off NSW coast© Nine

They are currently being treated for hypothermia.

The girl's grandparents, both 78-years-old, were unable to be saved.

A 67-year-old friend of the family who was on board at the time also died.

"The Westpac crew members were confronted with was quite a high sea with strong winds at approximately 30 knots," NSW Ambulance spokesperson Luke Wiseman said at a press conference.

Grandparents killed in boating tragedy off NSW coast© 9News A large-scale water police rescue operation was launched after authorities were alerted to the overturned vessel.

"Also what made the rescue quite difficult is being an overturned vessel, there was quite a lot of debris and ropes in the water at the time.

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"The two people that they retrieved from the water were actually clutching on to the overturned vessel."

He said all five people were wearing life jackets and the vessel had an EPIRB on board.

Grandparents killed in boating tragedy off NSW coast© Nine The three bodies have been retrieved by Marine Rescue. Grandparents killed in boating tragedy off NSW coast© Nine The catamaran had left Port Stephens this morning and was heading south towards Ettalong, on a trip to the NSW Central Coast, when it overturned.

A strong wind warning is in place along the NSW coast, from the Hunter down to Eden.

Roads and Maritime Services urged fishers and boaties to be extra cautious, with choppy conditions expected on exposed bays as well as dangerously rough conditions offshore.

The three bodies have been retrieved by Marine Rescue.

The catamaran remains capsized and floating in the water, with authorities hoping conditions will be better today to salvage it.

Marine area detectives are currently preparing a report for the coroner.

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