Drug Death At Harbourlife


Police will prepare a report for the Coroner following the death of a woman at Harbourlife on Saturday.

19-year-old Georgina Gartter from Longueville was assessed at the scene by Ambulance Paramedics before being taken to St Vincent’s Hospital, where she later died of a suspected drug overdose. About 4.40pm, police were made aware of an unconscious woman at the party, whom friends had been unable to revive and had sought help.

More than 5,000 people attended the dance festival held at Mrs Macquaries Chair, where police including the Police Dog Unit conducted a drug operation, where 78 people were arrested for drug offences.

Following the operation, police are reminding members of the community about the dangers of taking illicit drugs. “There's little to no quality control in the production of illicit drugs. Quite simply, you don't know what you are getting - seeking a synthetic high, could result in a serious injury or death.” Inspector Stewart Leggat of City Central Local Area Command said.

“If you know of a business or person who may be involved in the sale of illegal synthetic substances, please contact Crime Stoppers immediately. We don't need to know who you are; all we need is the information you have. The information you provide could save someone's life.”

Harbourlife issued a statement its Facebook Page:

A patron who attended Harbourlife yesterday died in hospital last night. A drug overdose or adverse reaction is suspected. At this stage a coroner's report has not been made so we don't have further factual information.

Right now our thoughts are with her family – we can hardly imagine the pain and heartbreak they must be feeling, and they have our deepest sympathy.

Harbourlife has been held annually since 2003. It has a fully equipped first aid tent with an emergency doctor, 2 paramedics, 3 first responder medics, 2 supervisors and a communications officer.

The patron collapsed at 4.37pm and event security called event fist aid. A paramedic was there at 4.38, a second at 4.41 and NSW ambulance paramedics were with the patient at 4.45. She was taken to St Vincent's Hospital.

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