Three killed in catamaran accident off Newcastle, Australia

Two people were winched to safety after the capsize. (Nine). Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

NEWCASTLE, Jul 11, 2019, 9News. Three people have been killed and two have been rescued after a catamaran capsized in rough seas off the NSW coast. The 11.7m-long catamaran overturned seven nautical miles off the coast of Stockton Beach in Newcastle about 10.10am, reported the 9News.

Police from Marine Area Command, as well as the Marine Rescue Association and the RAAF attended after an emergency beacon was activated.

The identities of the three dead have not been confirmed by police. The two people rescued are believed to be a girl and a man.

They were winched from the water and taken to John Hunter Hospital.

They are currently being assessed by medical teams.

“The Westpac crew members were confronted with was quite a high sea with strong winds at approximately 30 knots,” a NSW Ambulance spokesperson said at a press conference.

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