Boy dies after fall at swimming hole in Helensburgh

A 16-year-old boy has died after falling from a tree branch into a swimming hole in Helensburgh, NSW Police say.

About 1.30pm yesterday, the boy was at the Kellys Falls swimming hole with several friends when he climbed about 15m up a tree and began swinging on a branch.

The branch snapped and the boy fell to the water, striking his head on a submerged rock.

His friends dragged him from the water and emergency services were contacted.

The 16-year-old boy was airlifted to Royal North Shore Hospital in a critical condition. He died later that evening.

Police from Wollongong Local Area Command will prepare a report for the Coroner.

A paramedic who received serious leg and ankle injuries after slipping down a ravine during the rescue was airlifted to St George Hospital for treatment.

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