Tragic twist after teenage girl dies in Australia Day boating horror at Grays Point near Sydney

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Tragic twist after teenage girl dies in Australia Day boating horror at Grays Point near Sydney

A teenage girl who died in an Australia Day boat crash had only moved Down Under from the UK with her family seven years ago.

Michael and Laura Davey-Sutherland migrated from Corby, a steel works town 167km north of London, in 2017 to start a new life in Sydney with their children, Darcy, Zayn, and Will.

But their Australian dreams were shattered on Friday when their oldest child and only daughter, Darcy, 16, was tragically killed when two tinnies collided just after 10.15am near Grays Point, in the city’s south.

Darcy, who was a passenger in one of the boats and wearing a lifejacket, was flung into the water facedown, with witnesses rushing over and bringing her back to shore.

There, paramedics frantically tried to revive the teenager before racing her to Kogarah’s St George Hospital in south-east Sydney, where she later died.

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

Speaking to the Northamptonshire Telegraph, Darcy’s father said she attended Woodnewton School before the family moved when he was offered a job opportunity in Australia. 

Paying tribute to his daughter, Mr Davey-Sutherland described her as a ‘beautiful soul, so full of life and love’.

‘[She was] a friend to so many and the beacon of light within our family spanning both the UK and Australia,’ he said.

‘A wonderful older sister to her two brothers and an angel of a daughter, it’s impossible to comprehend life without her in it.

‘She was about to embark on the most special part of life as she stepped into adulthood. Words cannot describe the pain we feel at the moment.’ 

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Mr Davey-Sutherland added that the family are ‘deeply grateful’ for the love and support they have received over the past few days as they try to ‘piece together what feels like shattered lives’.

Darcy’s maternal uncle Rob Matthew said his sister just happened to be visiting the family in Australia at the time of the tragedy and was able to looks after Zayn and Will while Mr and Mrs Davey-Sutherland rushed to the scene of the crash.

He said his sister was getting ready to fly back to the UK when she got the call to say there had been an accident. 

Mr Matthew said it had been hard for the family being so far away from relatives, but the local community have been rallying to support the Davey-Sutherland since the tragedy. 

Darcy has been remembered as an 'angel' and 'wonderful older sister' to her two younger brothers

Darcy has been remembered as an ‘angel’ and ‘wonderful older sister’ to her two younger brothers

A GoFundMe page set up by a family friend has raised more than $44,000 – smashing the $10,000 goal. 

Mr Matthew said the family are still waiting for answers about how exactly Darcy died, with police still investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.

The boats were seized for examination and the boats’ drivers – two boys, both aged 16 – were taken to St George Hospital for mandatory testing.

Scott Edwards was on a boat with his wife, sister-in-law, and her partner when the accident happened nearby.

His sister-in-law’s partner saw the collision and the group raced over – becoming the first bystanders on the scene.

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‘He saw her ejected from the boat, the impact was very loud,’ he said.

‘When I turned around, we saw her facedown in the water. One of the kids in the other boat dove in to grab her and her her over. We got there about 40 seconds later and I dove in [the water] while my brother-in-law was on the phone to emergency services.

‘It looks as though the boat has hit her and knocked her out a split second before impacting the boat.’ 

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

‘It was extremely tough to see,’ he said. 

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

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.

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

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

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’. 

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‘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.’ 

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. 

‘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.’

A report will be prepared for the coroner.  

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