Darcy Davey-Sutherland: Devastated family of 16-year-old girl who died in horror Australia Day boat crash in Grays Point break their silence as a new detail emerges about the tragedy

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A tight-knit community is in mourning for 16-year-old Darcy Sutherland (pictured)

The family of a teenage girl killed in a boating accident on Australia Day have opened up about the tragedy and revealed she was wearing a life jacket.

Darcy Davey-Sutherland, 16, was thrown into the water near the Grays Point boat ramp, 30km south of Sydney, when two tinnies driven by 16-year-olds collided about 10:15am on Friday.

Witnesses reported she spent about five minutes floating face down before she was brought to shore and rushed to St George Hospital where she later died.

Her father Michael said in a statement to 9News: ‘It’s impossible to comprehend life without… a beautiful soul, so full of life and love.

‘Words cannot describe the pain we feel at the moment.’ 

The family of 16-year-old Darcy Davey-Sutherland (pictured) have broken their silence after she was killed during a boating accident on Australia Day 

Ms Davey-Sutherland (pictured in her last TikTok video) was revealed to have been wearing a life jacket at the time of the incident

Ms Davey-Sutherland (pictured in her last TikTok video) was revealed to have been wearing a life jacket at the time of the incident

Mr Davey-Sutherland said his daughter was ‘the beacon of light’ for her family, being the eldest of three siblings.

‘She was about to embark on the most special part of life as she stepped into adulthood,’ Mr Davey-Sutherland said.

At the end of the 9News Sydney report, anchor Peter Overton noted the teen had been wearing a life jacket at the time of the crash.

Other friends and family have paid tribute to Ms Davey-Sutherland on her most recent TikTok video and a GoFundMe that has raised over $41,000.

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‘God bless u sis,’ one person wrote on her most recent video. 

‘Rest in peace beautiful girl, you will be missed by everyone who knew you,’ a second commented. 

‘Always in my heart, the best cousin in the world,’ a third shared.  

She spent about five minutes faced down underwater after two tinnies collided near the Grays Point boat ramp, 30km South of Sydney on Friday morning

She spent about five minutes faced down underwater after two tinnies collided near the Grays Point boat ramp, 30km South of Sydney on Friday morning 

Despite onlookers desperately performing CPR, the teenager later died at St George Hospital (pictured, distressed bystanders at the scene)

Despite onlookers desperately performing CPR, the teenager later died at St George Hospital (pictured, distressed bystanders at the scene) 

Meanwhile, a Grays Point Facebook page said the ‘whole community has been rocked by the tragedy’ while sharing a link to the fundraiser.

‘We know everyone is feeling a little helpless and don’t know what to say to those involved – here is a way to contribute to the family of beautiful Darcy to show your support,’ the creator of the GoFundMe wrote. 

‘We have received numerous requests on how to help and we are creating this page to assist the family with the necessary arrangements. 

‘Thank you for your love and support and coming together to assist the family during this difficult time.’

Donors left messages of support for the Sutherland family.  

‘I am heartbroken for this beautiful girl gone too soon,’ one wrote. 

‘I pray for your family to find the strength to live with their forever broken heart, keeping your memory alive. Rest beautiful girl.’

The GoFundMe link was also shared by the Miranda Magpies FC soccer club.

‘Yesterday’s tragedy on the water has struck our Magpies family,’ the post read.

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‘Our hearts and thoughts go out to the Sutherland Family at this very difficult time.’

Distressed witnesses could be seen hugging and consoling each other as paramedics worked to revive Ms Sutherland on Friday. 

The two 16-year-old boys piloting the two vessels were taken to St George Hospital for mandatory testing. 

The boats were seized for examination and police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash. 

A report will be prepared for the coroner.  

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