Toddler is hit and killed in a car accident just 20 minutes before a woman, 28, hit by a boat dies – Daily Mail
A celebratory day in the sun turned deadly after a young woman and toddler died in freak accidents on Australia Day.
The double tragedy has devastated residents living in Lake Conjola on New South Wales’ South Coast.
Within 20 minutes, a 17-month-old girl was hit and killed by a car and a 28-year-old woman died after being struck by a boat.
The double tragedy has devastated residents in popular holiday town Lake Conjola on New South Wales’ South Coast (pictured)
The little girl was hit by a car driven by a man in his 30s at a caravan park about 3.40pm.
Moments later, a 28-year-old woman was celebrating on a boat when she fell into the lake – reportedly after the vessel was hit by a wave causing it to lift up 90 degrees – and was then struck by the same boat.
She was carried by onlookers to a nearby boat ramp, where members of the public performed CPR.
Raelene Sousa, who was also enjoying Australia Day on a boat nearby with sister Natalie Taylor as well as her brother-in-law and tried to resuscitate the woman, called the incident ‘a complete accident’.
‘There were two boats – one towing a little fishing boat. There were people on both boats screaming “Help, Help”,’ Ms Sousa told Daily Mail Australia.
‘We went over, took the young woman out of the boat and started performing CPR on her.
‘We did that for 15 minutes with an intensive care nurse until the ambulance arrived.’
Ms Taylor was consoling the woman’s husband during that period, Ms Sousa said.
The couple had been married for two-and-a-half years, the witness said, and had recently moved down to the town of Fishermans Paradise – which sits on Lake Conjola.
Paramedics tried to save her, but she died at the scene.
The man driving the boat is believed to be in his late 20s and was taken to hospital for blood and urine tests.
Another man who was in the boat wasn’t injured.
Both incidents are being investigated and reports are being prepared for the coroner.
A day enjoying the sun at a popular tourist hotspot has turned deadly after two people died in freak accidents on Australia Day (pictured are revellers celebrating)