The Tiwi Islands woman who went missing and was rescued deep in the mangrove mud on the island earlier this week has died at the Royal Darwin Hospital Thursday, NT Police said.
The 35-year-old woman, who authorities said had serious health issues, went missing on Sunday morning after she reportedly left her home in Wurrumiyanga.
Her family members reported her missing and authorities then launched a land search Sunday afternoon.
Remote Sergeant Sarah Hutchinson said Wurrumiyanga Police called in additional support from Darwin on Monday to help with the air, land, and sea search operations.
Members from the Water Police and the Territory Response Group’s search and rescue team, along with about 200 members of the community were also involved in the search.
The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Canberra was also alerted, who deployed the Challenger jet with thermal imaging capability from Cairns to assist locating the woman, Sgt Hutchinson added.
She said an NT Police officer deployed on the aerial search spotted a light from the mangroves on Monday evening and thought it might be the missing woman.
She did not elaborate if the woman was carrying a flash flight, a mobile phone, or any device that may have produced the light to be seen from the air.
“We sent a boat to the site, and members of the community also went to that area on foot,” she said.
“The community members located the woman deep in the mangroves and decided to carry her out.”
They were met by police on a council boat, who ferried the woman to the barge landing.
After receiving treatment from the local clinic, she was transferred to Royal Darwin Hospital.
Police also did not detail the degree of injuries sustained by the woman, but it is believed she needed advanced treatment necessitating the transfer to RDH.
NT Police believes there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the woman’s death.
They said a report was being prepared for the coroner.
“Out of respect for the family, there will be no further police comment,” NT Police said in a statement.