Heroic cop veteran dies trying to rescue student from deadly whirlpool

A hero police officer died after she bravely tried to rescue a young student who was tipped off a lilo into a whirlpool.

Two bodies were pulled from the water after the courageous attempt to save a drowning woman in the Blue Mountains, Australia.

Emergency services scrambled to Wollangambe Canyon at 2.30pm on Saturday after the two women vanished.

The bodies of Senior Constable Kelly Foster, 39, and an unnamed 24-year-old student were found the next day, News.com.au reported.

A gruelling search in touch condition resulted in the bodies being pulled from the water by police just under 24 hours later.

Witnesses said the hero officer had plunged herself into the water to rescue the struggling 24-year-old who had been tipped off of an inflatable lilo.

She was then swept into a whirlpool, witnesses said, as police work to identify her family.

Senior Constable Foster had spent 10 years on the force and previously overcome a battle with breast cancer.

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Tributes poured in for the valiant police officer from grieving colleagues.

Acting Commissioner Mal Lanyon said: “To hear reports that Kelly was trying to help another woman when she died demonstrates her commitment to the community she served and the ability to put the needs of others before her own.

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

Heartfelt messages were posted on social media following the news of Foster’s death.

One friend said: “RIP my old academy mate. You will now be remembered as a hero.”

Some have called for her to be bestowed with a posthumous award to recognise her bravery.

Senior Constable Foster's partner was canyoning with the group at the Wollangambe River in Mount Wilson and hiked 45 minutes to get mobile reception and call Triple-0.

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