Bodies of women recovered from Wollangambe River near Mt Wilson

Police divers have recovered the bodies of two women who went missing while canyoning in the Blue Mountains yesterday.

Emergency services were called to Wollangambe Canyon, Mount Wilson, about 2.30pm (Saturday 2 January 2021), after two women were swept into a whirlpool in the Wollangambe River and disappeared.

Their bodies were found about midday today (Sunday 3 January 2021).

The 39-year-old woman has been identified as serving NSW Police officer, Senior Constable Kelly Foster, who has most recently been stationed at Lithgow Police Station.

The other woman is believed to be an international student, aged 24, from Chiswick. She is yet to be formally identified and police are waiting for confirmation that family members have been notified.

Initial reports from witnesses indicate the younger woman was tipped off her inflatable lilo when it was swept into a whirlpool; Snr Cst Foster was also swept in when she made attempts to rescue her.

The other members of the group were uninjured and alerted authorities.

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

The family and friends of both women have requested privacy at this time.

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