Girl drowns when boat capsizes on NSW river

A family day out has turned to tragedy after a boat capsized on the New South Wales south coast.

Police say about 7am on Saturday, a vessel carrying three adults and three children capsized while attempting to cross the Moruya River bar, about 1km from the shore.

Five of the passengers were rescued, but sadly the body of a 13-year-old girl was found in the up-turned 6.3 metre vessel.


The surviving passengers including three men aged 18, 29 and 46, as well as two 13-year-old children, were all taken to hospital for treatment to non-life-threatening injuries.

Inspector Darren Wood from the Marine Area Command of NSW Police confirmed the group was made up of a family and family friends, who had set off for a day of fishing.

“No one likes to see anyone killed on a day’s fishing, so it is quite heartbreaking,” Insp Wood said.

“The swell conditions was outgoing tide, which is always the most difficult time to cross the bar,” he explained while adding that the vessel was owned by one of the people on board who had extensive boating experience.

Insp Wood also confirmed the girl, who was reportedly the daughter of the skipper, was not wearing a life jacket.

Police from Marine Area Command will continue with the investigation, assisted by officers from South Coast Police District.