Police seek witnesses after child drowns in boating tragedy

POLICE investigating the death of a teenage girl who drowned when the boat she was on capsized on the NSW South Coast last month are re-appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Six people were on board the 6.3m vessel when it overturned as its skipper prepared to cross the Moruya River bar 1km offshore of Moruya around 7am on Saturday, March 24.

Of the six passengers, three men, aged 18, 29 and 46, along with two 13-year-old children survived and were rescued from the water.


Sadly, rescuers later found the body of a 13-year-old girl in the upturned boat.

The five rescued passengers were taken to hospital and have all since been released.

The boat overturned as it crossed the Moruya Bar | (Source: Supplied / NSW Police)

The vessel was recovered and underwent forensic analysis.

Officers from the state Marine Area Command are investigating the drowning and are appealing for witnesses that haven’t yet spoken with police to come forward.

In particular, investigators would like to speak with two people who are believed to have been fishing near the eastern end of the break wall at the time of the incident.

A report for the information of the Coroner will be prepared.

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