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Adventurers in a local hiking group hoped to spend a “day off” trekking, swimming, and floating down a canyon.

Instead, the tragedy ended Saturday with the deaths of two of the group’s most recent members killed by a strange whirlpool, its second tragedy in just a few months.

Tributes continue to pour in for New South Wales Police Chief Sheriff and cancer survivor Kelly Foster, 39, who drowned.

She had tried to rescue a 24-year-old Chinese student who was sucked into a whirlpool in Wollangambe Canyon on Mount Wilson in the Blue Mountains.

The police officer hero dove into the raging waters after seeing the whirlpool suck up the young girl’s inflatable lilo and throw her into the water.

But when Sheriff Foster tried to remove the woman, she too was sucked into the powerful waters and disappeared underwater before police divers found the bodies of both women the next day.

Gavin Morom (left) uploaded this happy photo with his longtime partner, NSW Chief Constable Sheriff Kelly Foster (right) after she died Saturday +9
Gavin Morom (left) uploaded this happy photo with his long-time partner, New South Wales Police Chief Sheriff Kelly Foster (right) after his death on Saturday.

Shattered fellow police officers stationed in Lithgow have recommended that Sheriff Foster be considered for posthumous commendation for bravery.

Earlier in the day, Sheriff Foster and his longtime partner, Gavin Morom, hiked the 1.5 miles from Mount Wilson to the Wollangambe River with other members of the Upper Blue Mountain Forest Hiking Club.

The lost club had already lost another member after it fell off a cliff in September.

Morom uploaded a loving tribute to his partner Monday night replacing his Facebook profile photo, which has been inundated with tributes and messages of condolence.

The new photo shows the couple huddled together enjoying the outdoors in snowy conditions.

The couple came together out of their mutual love of adventure and regularly went camping, hiking and mountain biking all over Australia +9
The couple bonded over to their mutual love of adventure and regularly went camping, hiking and mountain biking all over Australia.

‘There are no words. A beautiful person and we are thinking of you ‘, commented a friend.

Another added: ‘It’s good to hold on, it shows a super happy couple.’

Senior Constable Foster and the anonymous international student living in Chiswick among the newest members of the Upper Blue Mountains Bushwalking Club, the Daily Telegraph reported.

The club describes the canyons on its website as “impressive, beautiful, exciting and dangerous places at the same time.”

‘This is a classic from the Blue Mountains! Come join us on a lazy day by floating or swimming around the Wollangambe at Mt Wilson, ” the club posted ahead of Saturday’s ill-fated hike.

There are long swims and rocks crawling under magnificent cliff faces. No rappels or ropes are used. The day ends with a steep climb and return to Mount Wilson.

Senior Constable Kelly Foster (left) drowned while trying to save an international student who became stuck in raging waters in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, on Saturday. Senior Constable Foster had trekked to the picturesque spot with her boyfriend Gavin Morom (right)

Former member Roy Barlow, 65, died in the Wolgan Valley on September 2, according to a fatal incident report posted by the Australian Canyoning Association on Facebook.

The report described Mr. Barlow as a popular and respected member of the Blue Mountains canyoning community who had experience mounting and rappelling.

Early Saturday, Morom posted about his journey on Strava, a popular adventurer on the fitness social media app.

The couple bonded over their shared love of adventure by regularly hiking, camping, and mountain biking all over Australia.

 

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The Blue Mountains, where Mr. Morom grew up, was a regular visit for the couple in 2020, taking their 4WD on camping trips or day trips during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Sheriff Foster recently returned to the NSW Police after overcoming breast cancer and was stationed at the Lithgow Police Station.

The heroic policewoman did not hesitate before diving down to try to save the woman from the raging waters, while other witnesses threw a rope into the stream in an attempt to save her.

Acting Police Commissioner Mal Lanyon said she always “put the needs of others before her own.”

Senior Constable Kelly Foster, 39, joined the NSW Police Force in 2010 and Acting NSW Police Commissioner Mal Lanyon said she always ‘put the needs of others before her own’

“This is a very sad time for the NSW Police and Kelly’s death is a loss to the entire community,” Acting Commissioner Lanyon said in a statement.

Hearing reports that Kelly was trying to help another woman when he died demonstrates his commitment to the community he served and his ability to put the needs of others before his own.

Kelly was a highly respected and dedicated officer whom his colleagues throughout the corps will deeply miss.

“ His police career was put on hold when he was diagnosed with breast cancer, yet his strength to survive and return to work is another testament to his strength and endurance.

Mr. Morom (right) had posted about his trip with Sheriff Foster (left) on the adventurer social media app Strava on Saturday. Policewoman recently returned to work after overcoming breast cancer +9
Mr. Morom (right) had posted about his trip with Sheriff Foster (left) on the adventurer social media app Strava on Saturday. Policewoman recently returned to work after overcoming breast cancer

A 24-year-old international student was among a group swimming on inflatable mats in popular Wollangambe Canyon (pictured) when she was sucked into the hot tub. Her body was recovered Sunday, along with Sheriff Foster’s +9.
A 24-year-old international student was among a group swimming on inflatable mats in popular Wollangambe Canyon (pictured) when she was sucked into the hot tub. Her body was recovered Sunday, along with that of Sheriff Foster.

“Above all, Kelly was a kind and loving daughter, sister and partner.”

The international student was among a group swimming in the picturesque spot when she was swept away.

Police and ambulance crews rushed to the scene around 2.30pm, but the couple was lost below the surface.

The search for their bodies resumed Sunday morning, after it was suspended at around 6 p.m. Saturday due to bad weather.

Members of Sheriff Foster’s family came to the canyon to witness the search in the desperate hope that they would find her alive.

A fellow police officer who joined the force at the same time as Sheriff Foster remembered her as a “selfless and compassionate” person.

It’s believed both women were canyoning in water only that can only be reached after hours of hiking through rough terrain

‘RIP my old friend from the Academy. Always a selfless and compassionate individual. Now you will be remembered as a hero. I will treasure the memories of our good times at Goulburn, ‘wrote a former colleague.

The canyon is believed to have been flooded due to recent heavy rains.

The other members of the group were unharmed and were assisted by police officers and paramedics.

Now a report will be prepared for the coroner.

Since then, NSW Parks and Wildlife has closed Wollangambe Canyon until further notice.

“Recent heavy rains have caused water levels to rise and conditions in the canyon to change. A dangerous whirlpool has formed midway through the canyon, ”read a statement.

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