A woman has fallen to her death from the Skywalk at Sydney Tower in the CBD, leaving members of her tour group “traumatised”.
Police and paramedics swarmed to the popular tourist destination after the woman died on the corner of Castlereagh and Market Streets about 2.45pm.
The death is not being treated as suspicious and the woman is understood to have unclipped her harness.
“The situation is it appears to be a self-harm related matter. As a result there was a large-scale response from police and emergency services,” Inspector Rob Wrinkler told reporters this afternoon.
The observation deck of Sydney Tower was full of tourists who were evacuated when the incident unfolded.
“There was an announcement saying there was a major incident and we all just had to go. They apologised and offered refunds,” one man told 9NEWS.
Witnesses on the tower’s Skywalk were left in shock.
“This was a very traumatic situation and support has been given to a number of witnesses as well as police and emergency services,” Insp. Wrinkler said.
“What I would say for anyone who did witness this incident is if you are in need of assistance from what you have seen, please contact your local GP or hospital to seek support.”
While he did not comment on the specific circumstances, Insp. Wrinkler said a small number of witnesses have provided statements to police.
“I can’t comment on what people have seen or the extent of what they witnessed … but it will be the subject of extensive police investigation,” he said.
Police are asking any witnesses, who may have left before officers arrived, to come forward.
Insp. Wrinkler said there is no impact on pedestrians or traffic in the city this evening, after sections of Pitt Street were earlier closed off.
“People are free to continue going about their business in the city without concern despite presence of police in the area,” he said.
A report will be prepared for the coroner.
Initial reports suggested the victim was a man, but police have since confirmed her gender.
Anyone who witnessed the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.