Young NSW woman dies in Rome

A 23-year-old NSW woman has died in Italy during a Contiki camping tour.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on Friday confirmed the woman was found dead in Rome yesterday.

A 29-year-old NSW man has also been admitted to hospital and is recovering after treatment.

“Consular officials from the Australian embassy in Rome are working closely with local authorities and the tour company,” a DFAT spokesperson said.

The department is also assisting the dead woman’s family in Australia.

DFAT would not confirm her identity but news reports have named her as Madelaine Crawley.

Contiki said it was deeply saddened by Ms Crawley’s death, the cause of which is yet to be determined.

“The entire Contiki team is deeply saddened and our thoughts and heartfelt sympathies are with Madelaine’s family and friends, all of whom are being fully supported at this incredibly difficult time,” a company statement said.

Contiki said its staff were supporting other holiday makers on the tour.

Having cooperated with local authorities, the group continued as planned to Venice this afternoon.

Ms Crawley is reportedly from Tweed Heads, in northern NSW.


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