Sixteen-year-old girl killed in horror Australia Day boating accident is identified – as witnesses reveal confronting details about the crash and the desperate efforts to save her life
The teenage girl who died in a horror boating accident on Australia Day has been identified as 16-year-old Darcy Sutherland – as new details emerge about the frantic efforts by witnesses and paramedics to save her life.
Two tinnies, both driven by 16-year-old boys, collided shortly after 10.15am on Friday near the Grays Point boat ramp, 30km south of Sydney.
According to witnesses, Ms Sutherland was thrown into the water and floated face down for five minutes before bystanders began performing CPR.
Paramedics frantically tried to revive the teenager on the shore before she was rushed to St George’s Hospital, where she later died.
Tributes have poured in for the teenager since the Australia Day incident, with friends offering their condolences on Ms Sutherland’s most recent TikTok video.
Close-knit community mourns 16-year-old Darcy Sutherland (pictured)
Ms Sutherland (pictured right next to a friend in one of her last TikToks) was thrown into the water by the force of the collision
“God bless you,” one person wrote on her most recent video.
“Rest in peace beautiful girl, you will be missed by all who knew you,” a second commented.
“Always in my heart, the best cousin in the world,” shared a third.
Meanwhile, a Grays Point Facebook page said the ‘entire community has been shaken by the tragedy’.
It has a link to a share GoFundMe page for Ms Sutherland’s family which has already raised more than $20,000.
“We know everyone feels a little helpless and doesn’t know what to say to those affected – here’s a way to contribute to the family of beautiful Darcy to show your support,” wrote the creator of the fundraiser .
‘We have received numerous requests on how to help and we are creating this page to help the family with the necessary arrangements.
‘Thank you for your love and support and coming together to assist the family at this difficult time.’
Donors left messages of support for the Sutherland family.
‘I am saddened by this beautiful girl gone too soon,’ wrote one.
‘I pray for your family to find the strength to live with their forever broken heart and keep your memory alive. Rest pretty girl.’
Distraught bystanders were seen hugging as police spoke to witnesses after the crash
Two Tinnes (pictured) collided in Grays Point, south of Sydney, on Friday morning
The GoFundMe link was shared by the Miranda Magpies FC Football Club.
“Yesterday’s tragedy on the water has struck our Magpies family,” the report read.
“Our hearts and thoughts go out to the Sutherland Family at this very difficult time.”
Distressed witnesses could be seen hugging and comforting each other as paramedics worked to revive Ms Sutherland on Friday.
The two 16-year-old boys piloting the two vessels were taken to St George’s Hospital for mandatory testing.
The boats were seized for investigation and the police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the accident.
A report will be prepared for the coroner.