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Sydney Tower Skywalk to remain closed during investigation into how woman fell to her death
The Sydney Tower Skywalk is to remain closed while NSW Police investigate the apparent suicide of a woman who yesterday fell to her death from the 270-metre-high tourist attraction.
While the Sydney Tower Eye observation deck will reopen tomorrow, the Skywalk will not open as investigations continue into the fatality.
The woman, who has been reported to have been agitated and threatened to self-harm before the incident, apparently was able to remove her jumpsuit prior to plummeting to her death on a canopy in front of traumatised witnesses.
Merlin Entertainments, which operates the attraction, said all guests who embarked on the Skywalk wore a jumpsuit and a ‘fall restraint belt’.
All guests are also provided with 15-minute pre-walk briefing and safety training and are also required to sign a form declaring that they would not tamper with or remove the equipment while taking part in the walk. Guest also undergo an alcohol breath test.
Merlin Entertainments Divisional Director – Australia and New Zealand, Rob Smith extended his sympathy to the woman's family and said that safety would "always be our number one priority".
He advised “the health and safety of our guests and staff is always our primary objective.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the guest as well as the wellbeing of other guests and our team members."
Parts of Sydney’s Pitt Street were closed following the woman's death.
Smith said the company, along with NSW Police, Westfield Sydney and other authorities, had activated its evacuation and safety procedures and emergency services had responded quickly.
He said the company adhered to a "rigid safety program" which included daily safety checks before opening, in depth training for all staff, preventative control measures and a comprehensive maintenance schedule.
Smith said the Sydney Tower Eye will reopen at 9am tomorrow and that "Skywalk will reopen after a full review of the incident.”
NSW Police Inspector Robert Winkler on Thursday said there were a number of witnesses to the incident, which occurred near the corner of Pitt and Market Streets.
He advised “this was a very traumatic situation and support has been given to a number of witnesses at this point, as well as police and emergency services."
Smith said Merlin Entertainments would continue to offer its staff ongoing counselling and support, and he urged anyone else affected by the incident to seek professional help.
The Skywalk and observation deck was built in 2005 at a cost of $4 million.
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