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Woman rescued more than 17 hours after crash near Narooma

Ian Campbell 7 June 2019
Rescued after 17 hours. Photo: Fire and Rescue NSW Facebook.

Rescued after 17 hours. Photo: Fire and Rescue NSW Facebook.

An extraordinary tale of survival with a woman from Benandarah north of Batemans Bay rescued from her car 17 hours after she was involved in a single-vehicle crash near Narooma.

While travelling between Moruya and Wallaga Lake, a Holden Trax SUV left the roadway and crashed into water sometime after 11 pm on Wednesday (June 5), trapping the female driver inside.

“We still haven’t accounted for how that happened but we are still making enquires,” says Chief Inspector Peter Volf, South Coast Police District.

What happens next is the twist in the story. Just before 4.30 pm yesterday (June 6), the trapped woman regained consciousness and was able to phone her daughter in law, however, she was unable to provide her location.

Woman rescued more than 17 hours after crash near Narooma

Yesterday, officers from South Coast Police District found a 67-year-old woman near Narooma who was trapped in her car for 17 hours. About Regional was LIVE with South Coast Police District chief Peter Volf who detailed the search and rescue operation. For more information, click here: http://ow.ly/sK2250uyBXo

Posted by Breaking247 on Thursday, 6 June 2019

Officers from South Coast Police District commenced a search operation to locate the woman, with the assistance of NSW Ambulance, Fire & Rescue NSW, Moruya State Emergency Services, Narooma Volunteer Rescue Association, and the Dalmeny Rural Fire Service.

Within 20 minutes of using the mobile phone system, rescuers were able to pinpoint the women’s location – the Princes Highway at Kianga. Marks on the roadside guard rail were the final clue, police locating the Holden down an embankment in Kianga Creek.

Thankfully the car landed on its wheels after possibly overturning, “she is a very, very fortunate lady because she was down the embankment where no one could see her,” Chief Inspector Volf says.

“She was in good spirits, a remarkable effort.”

The woman in her late sixties was rescued from the vehicle and treated for suspected fractures and exposure. She was airlifted to Canberra Hospital in a stable condition.

“It was an amazing effort and well-coordinated, I am always proud of the police and the other emergency services.”

The 67-year-old women was airlifted to Canberra Hospital in a stable condition. Photo: Fire and Rescue NSW Facebook.

The women in her late sixties was airlifted to Canberra Hospital in a stable condition. Photo: Fire and Rescue NSW Facebook.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000.

Original Article published by Ian Campbell on About Regional.


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