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A family of five has been rescued from the swollen Nepean River in Penrith after their boat capsized this afternoon.

The family got into trouble just after 3.15pm when their boat overturned on the river, requiring a police helicopter to winch them all to safety.

A man has been taken to Westmead Hospital in a critical but stable condition.

Family rescued after boat capsizes in Penrith river. (Nine)

A five-year-old boy and a six-year-old girl were taken to the Children’s Hospital at Westmead in stable conditions.

A 34-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman were taken to Nepean Hospital in stable conditions.

A family has been hospitalised, including two children, after their boat capsized. (Supplied Nine)

Police said early investigations suggest the swelling of the river may have played a role in the capsize.

The emergency operation comes just four days after a woman lost her life in the exact same location.

Source: 9News

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