‘Miracle’ flood rescue as driver saved after ‘bouncing off trees’

A “miracle” flood rescue has been carried out in regional New South Wales but the operation to rescue puppies left behind in the car is ongoing.

Emergency services said a driver became lost in a rural area of Kangaroo Valley after following the wrong GPS coordinates, before he went down a one way street and attempted to cross a flooded causeway.

Fire and Rescue NSW Chad Wallace told 9News the car was washed off the causeway, which had half-a-metre of water on it.

The car was swept off the causeway in Kangaroo Valley. (9News)

“He was swept 200 metres down the creek bouncing off trees and the riverbank then came to rest against a tree with around 20 metres of flowing water around him,” he said.

Mr Wallace described the rescue as a “superhuman” multiagency response and the driver was brought to safety with no significant injuries.

“The man was rescued from the car in an extremely technical rescue,” he said.

“It was a superhuman effort from the helicopter pilot and helicopter crew who were able to winch a crewman down to the man…he was able to lasso the driver and pull him out.”

A "miracle" flood rescue has been carried out in Kangaroo Valley.
Multiple emergency service agencies attended the rescue. (9News)

He added there are puppies in the car and emergency services are working out a way to rescue the dogs.

“They’re in the car and they are safe,” Mr Wallace said.

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“We are working out a plan to rescue those puppies in the next few hours.”


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