Tragic Boat Collision Claims the Life of Young Sydney Teenager
A devastating incident unfolded last Friday in Sydney’s south, resulting in the tragic death of 16-year-old Darcy Sutherland. The NSW Police reported that two small aluminium boats collided at Swallow Rock, Grays Point, leading to this heartbreaking loss.
Emergency services were quickly called to the scene at approximately 10.15 am. Despite their efforts, Darcy could not be saved and was transported to St George Hospital, where she tragically succumbed to her injuries.
According to a report by 9News, Darcy was wearing a lifejacket at the time of the accident. The investigation into the circumstances surrounding the collision is now underway, with the vessels involved seized for examination.
The devastating news of Darcy’s passing prompted an outpouring of support from the community. Jamil Barmania created an online fundraiser to assist Sutherland’s family with the necessary arrangements. The GoFundMe campaign, with a target of $10,000, has already received an overwhelming response, surpassing $37,161 in donations.
As friends, family, and even strangers grapple with the loss, many have turned to Darcy’s TikTok account to share their heartfelt tributes. She is fondly remembered as a “beautiful” and “caring” girl who touched the lives of those around her.
In addition to Darcy’s tragic accident, two 16-year-old boys were also taken to St George Hospital for mandatory testing. NSW Police have urged anyone with information about the collision to come forward and contact them or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
The incident has cast a somber cloud over the community, prompting reflection on the importance of water safety and the need for caution when operating watercraft. Swallow Rock, Grays Point, where the collision occurred, is a popular recreational spot, and this tragic event serves as a reminder of the potential dangers that can arise in these environments.
As the investigation continues, the community stands united in their support for Darcy’s family during this unimaginably difficult time. The impact of this tragedy will undoubtedly be felt for years to come, serving as a stark reminder of the fragility of life and the need to cherish every moment.