Third Tragedy in Three Years: Investigations Intensify After Fatal Fall at Dunningham Reserve

Dunningham Reserve
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Authorities have launched a critical incident investigation after a woman died following a fall from Dunningham Reserve in Coogee.

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The incident occurred on Thursday, 27 June 2024, at approximately 8:30 p.m. Eastern Beaches Police Area Command officers responded to a welfare concern at the Baden Street reserve. 

Emergency services, including a Toll rescue helicopter, were quickly dispatched to the scene. A witness at the scene reported overhearing emergency responders stating they could not find the victim’s pulse.

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Upon reaching the scene, officers attempted to engage with the woman, but she died after she fell. Authorities have not yet released further details about the latest incident or the identity of the deceased.

The NSW Police Force has confirmed that the investigation is subject to an independent review, underscoring the seriousness of the incident.

Details surrounding the circumstances of the fall remain unclear as investigators work to piece together the events leading up to the tragedy. Authorities are expected to examine factors such as safety measures at the site, weather conditions, and any potential witnesses’ accounts.

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This incident marks the third fatal fall at Dunningham Reserve in recent years, following the deaths of a 17-year-old boy in 2023 and a 20-year-old man in 2022. These previous cases may also be revisited as part of a broader safety review of the area.

Dunningham Reserve, located on the northern headland of Coogee Beach, is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike, offering stunning coastal views, but visitors are strongly urged to exercise extreme caution near the cliff edges.

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As the investigation progresses, local residents and visitors are advised to adhere to any safety guidelines or restrictions put in place by local authorities.

Published 29-June-2024