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Search parties have found the bodies of a policewoman and an international student who were dragged into a hot tub while canyoning in the Blue Mountains

The couple was on a canyoning tour with eight others when they disappeared under the surface of the water in Wollangambe Canyon on Mount Wilson yesterday

One of the women was 39-year-old NSW police officer Senior Constable Kelly Foster, who was recently stationed at Lithgow Police Station

Initial reports from witnesses indicated that the younger woman was tipped off her inflatable lilo as it swept into a hot tub

Senior Constable Foster was also pressurized by the current when she tried to save the other canyoner

Peter Schienflug, chief inspector of NSW Police, said the loss was “traumatizing” to Senior Constable Foster’s colleagues when he spoke of the Mount Wilson and Mount Irvine rural fire station where the crews had set up a forward command / p>

“It is a true NSW police tradition that it is a service about oneself, and it is a common line that quite often we are first responders running towards danger while other people are running away from it “

The chief inspector said the site was difficult to navigate after heavy rain and it took one of the other members of the group 45 minutes to walk out of the canyon before they could get a phone signal

Due to the bad weather conditions, the first search for the women was stopped yesterday at around 6:00 p.m. and the police were back in force today at daybreak

Locals say the canyon is relatively safe, but recent rains have caused the water level to rise, authorities are unclear whether this contributed to the couple’s deaths

A helicopter is set up to collect the bodies, and several rescuers remain with the couple in the canyon

“It is a tragedy for both families and their extended families, including the working family In a small ward where you work with the same people more often, there is likely to be a closer bond and it will hurt, “said Chief Inspector Schienflug

Police said the younger woman had not been formally identified as she was awaiting confirmation that her family had been notified in China

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Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-01-03/nsw-police-resume-search-for-missing-canyoners-blue-mountains/13028364