Rescuer relives the harrowing moment he pulled dying teenage girl from the water after devastating Australia Day boat tragedy – as her grieving family break their silence

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

A witness has recalled his frantic efforts to save the life of a teenage girl who died in a horror boating accident on Australia Day – as her heartbroken younger brother leads tributes to his big sister.

Darcy Sutherland, 16, was in one of two tinnies, both driven by 16-year-old boys, that collided near the Grays Point boat ramp, in south Sydney, shortly after 10.15am on Friday.

Ms Sutherland was thrown into the water and spent up to five minutes floating face down in the water before onlookers started to perform CPR, claimed witnesses.

Paramedics frantically tried to revive the teenager on the shore before she was rushed to Kogarah’s St George Hospital in south-east Sydney, where she later died. 

Scott Edwards witnessed the accident and was one of several bystanders who rushed to pull the teenager out of the water and take her back to shore.

Mr Edwards said he was still struggling to come to terms with the tragedy. 

‘It was extremely tough to see,’ he wrote on Facebook.

‘I did everything I could to try and save her life.’

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

Ms Sutherland (pictured in one of her last TikToks) was thrown into the water by the force of the collision

Ms Sutherland (pictured in one of her last TikToks) was thrown into the water by the force of the collision

Despite speculation online that speed may have been a factor in the accident, Mr Edwards said that was not the case at all.

‘Neither of the boats involved were speeding or hooning. Maybe just not paying attention,’ he said.

‘[It was] just a tragic accident.

‘My heart goes out to Darcy’s family.’ 

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Meanwhile, Darcy’s younger brother Zayn has led tributes to the beloved teenager as friends flock to Ms Sutherland’s TikTok page to offer the family their condolences.  

‘God bless u sis,’ Zayn wrote, alongside a heart emoji, in the comment section of her most recent video.

Ms Sutherland’s cousin Finley Docherty shared a video featuring photos of the pair together when they were younger.

He described her as the ‘best cousin in the world’ and said she would ‘forever be in my heart’. 

‘I don’t want to say goodbye because this one means forever,’ the video script read.

‘Now you’re in the stars, six feet has never felt so far.’ 

Distressed bystanders were seen embracing as police spoke to witnesses following the crash

Distressed bystanders were seen embracing as police spoke to witnesses following the crash

The two tinnies (pictured) collided in Grays Point on Friday morning

The two tinnies (pictured) collided in Grays Point on Friday morning

Friend Amelie said Ms Sutherland always looked out for her.

‘I will never forget the times you have helped me,’ she wrote.

‘I will love you forever and ever. Rest in peace my beautiful girl.’ 

‘Always gonna be the most beautiful,’ another friend wrote. 

Meanwhile, a Grays Point Facebook page said the ‘whole community has been rocked by the tragedy’. 

It shared a link to a GoFundMe page for Ms Sutherland’s family, which has already raised more than $20,000. 

‘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 fundraiser wrote. 

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

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‘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 shared by the Miranda Magpies FC soccer club.

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

‘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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