FILE PHOTO: Tweed River, along Tweed Valley Way at Murwillumbah, Tumbuglun and Chinderah is notorious for motorists coming off the road into the water.
FILE PHOTO: Tweed River, along Tweed Valley Way at Murwillumbah, Tumbuglun and Chinderah is notorious for motorists coming off the road into the water. Kevin Farmer

Brave rescuers pull woman out of sinking car

POLICE praised two good samaritans who rescued an elderly woman from her sinking vehicle, after she swerved into a creek off the Tweed River at Chinderah on Saturday.

At about 12.20pm, a 79-year-old female motorist was travelling north on the M1 at Chinderah at about 95kmh, when her vehicle veered off to the left side of the road.

Police said the driver mistakenly thought she was going to hit a tree and tried to correct the vehicle when she lost control of her vehicle and ploughed into Boyd's Channel, which is a small creek off the Tweed River. 

A Google map aerial showing Boyds Channell, off Tweed River at the Pacific Highway near Chinderah.
A Google map aerial showing Boyds Channell, off Tweed River at the Pacific Highway near Chinderah.

Tweed-Byron Local Area Command police said two "brave civilians", including a 21-year-old male who was canoeing  and a 46-year-old witness, who was driving behind the elderly woman before she crashed, jumped into the water. 

The rescuers gained access to the vehicle through the boot of the car before the central locking system activated and locked all the doors and windows. 

About 10 to 20 seconds after the elderly woman was pulled from the vehicle the car sank. 

Police said they had "no doubt that without the assistance of the two males who entered the water to assist the elderly driver the result would certainly not have been as positive". 

Police said the woman was lucky to have only suffered minor injuries, but she was taken to the Tweed Hospital for observation.

NSW Fire and Rescue assisted police to minimise potential hazards as the vehicle was towed from the creek. 

The elderly female had been driving from Kiama NSW, prompting police to remind drivers of the importance to Stop Revive Survive.
 



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