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Woman dies while kayaking – Tooloom Creek

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Police say a woman has died while kayaking on Saturday.

Emergency services were called to Upper Tooloom Creek, in the Tooloom National Park, after reports a kayaker had capsized about 12.10pm (Saturday 9 January 2021).

Police have been told the 68-year-old was kayaking with friends downstream when her kayak hit a log and she fell into fast flowing water before getting snagged on another log.

Despite efforts to rescue her, she died at the scene.

Rescue crews attended however the woman’s body could not be recovered yesterday because of unsafe conditions.

Officers from Richmond Police District and the Marine Area Command, with assistance from the SES, returned to the site to recover the woman’s body yesterday (Sunday, 10 January 2020).

A report will be prepared for the Coroner.

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    • Most kayakers wear a pfd, lifejackets are too cumbersome in white water. Fact is, when rivers are up, trees are a major hazard, but we should not speculate.

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