Three die in water tank tragedy near Gunning

Charlotte 17 February 2017 4

Map showing approximate site of tank accident near Gunning.

Two men and woman, all believed to be in their 60s, died while in an in-ground cement water tank on a rural property near Gunning last night.

Police understand one of the men collapsed while working in the tank at the property on Veterans Road, leading to the second man and the woman attempting to assist him before collapsing themselves.

A neighbour contacted emergency services at around 6.20pm.

Officers from The Hume Local Area Command established a crime scene which will be examined by forensic officers, but police are not treating the three deaths as suspicious.

The Yass Tribune reports that investigators conducted gas detector tests at the scene last night, finding high levels of CO2.

A brief will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

What's Your Opinion?

Please login to post your comments, or connect with
4 Responses to Three die in water tank tragedy near Gunning
Sydney Tank Cleaning Sydney Tank Cleaning 1:51 pm 03 Sep 18

Very sad and unnecessary loss of lives just noticed this now, confined spaces are very dangerous places and claim a-lot of lives i hate to do a plug here but seriously don’t enter a tank without a gas detector and proper training if you need a tank cleaned you can find us at

Neal Neal 2:51 pm 18 Feb 17

I knew Richard when we both worked as ACT motorcycle instructors. A nice guy. A very sad loss.

Masquara Masquara 6:14 pm 17 Feb 17

News reports the three deceased members of the Basnett family have a surviving 102-year old mother/mother-in-law who also lives on the property. What a stage of life to lose your three closest relatives.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 12:16 pm 17 Feb 17

That’s awful news. 🙁

CBR Tweets

Sign up to our newsletter


Search across the site