Two teenagers died when they collided with a tree while being towed

Two teenagers have died in a boating accident at a holiday park in north-west NSW during the summer break.

Emergency services were called to the Manilla Ski Gardens caravan park in Rushes Creek, about 60 kilometers northwest of Tamworth on the Namoi River, around 5pm Tuesday.

Two teenagers died in a boating accident at Manilla Ski Gardens Caravan Park on the Namoi River northwest of Tamworth on Tuesday.

Two teenagers died in a boating accident at Manilla Ski Gardens Caravan Park on the Namoi River northwest of Tamworth on Tuesday. Credit:Nine

Oxley Police District officers who were present were told a 13-year-old and a 14-year-old were being towed behind a boat when they collided with a tree.

A statement from NSW Police said members of the public performed CPR on the teenagers before paramedics from the NSW Ambulance arrived but they could not be resuscitated.

“The driver of the boat – a man believed to be in his 70s – has been taken to hospital for mandatory tests,” the statement said.

The police investigate and prepare a report for the coroner.

Rescue services are also searching for a male swimmer who reportedly failed to reappear at Wagga Beach in Wagga Wagga on Tuesday night. Witnesses said the man submerged in the Murrumbidgee River but did not resurface.

Police, with the help of the Volunteer Rescue Association, the NSW SES and the NSW Ambulance, began a search in the water and the area, including the helicopter and rapid water rescue.

The search continued Wednesday morning. No missing person reports have been received by local police.

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Callan Tansill

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