The body of a police woman who tried desperately to rescue a student swept into a whirlpool in the Blue Mountains has been found alongside the woman she tried to save.
Emergency services were called to Wollangambe Canyon, Mount Wilson, about 2.30pm on Saturday, after the two women disappeared in the Wollangambe River.
The bodies of Senior Constable Kelly Foster, 39, and the 24-year-old international student were found about midday on Sunday. They were recovered by police divers.
The student is yet to be formally identified and police are waiting for confirmation that family members have been notified.
Senior Constable Foster had most recently been stationed at Lithgow, in the Central Tablelands, while the student had been living in the Sydney suburb of Chiswick.
Witnesses said Senior Constable Foster attempted to rescue the younger woman, who had been tipped off an inflatable lilo when it was swept into the whirlpool.
The other members of the group, who were uninjured in the tragedy, raised the alarm.
A report will be prepared for the coroner.