Car swept away on flooded road in rural area, police rescue driver

by | Feb 9, 2022 | Cops, News | 0 comments

A man driving a small hatchback was swept off a flooded crossing in the Darwin rural area Tuesday night with rescuers forced to wade into the water to rescue the man who was unable to swim, NT Police said.

NT Fire and Rescue Service Watch Commander Eric Koomen said the man was driving on Virginia Road around 7pm last night and may have underestimated the flooded thoroughfare thinking he would be able to pass through.

It is believed the man was the only occupant of the vehicle.

“Unfortunately, his vehicle – a small hatchback – was caught in the swift current and swept approximately 20 metres downstream before becoming wedged in trees,” Cdr Koomen said.

He said the man was able to escape from inside the vehicle and climb to the roof of his car.

Witnesses to the incident called emergency services, NT Police said.

The driver of the hatchback was rescued by emergency services. Pic: NTPFES

NT Fire and Rescue Service, Police and St John NT officials responded to rescue the man.

First responders waded into deep water and used ropes and harnesses to rescue the man who was unable to swim, NT Police said.

Images released by the police show officers walked through chest deep floodwaters. They said the rescue took over an hour to complete.

“On this occasion the driver was fortunate to be unharmed however the potential was there for this situation to have a negative outcome,” Sgt Darren Robson said.

Sgt Robson reminded Territorians to find an alternative route when encountering flood waters over roads.

“Even if you have driven that road many times before, you cannot know what damage has been done to the road, what obstructions there may be beneath the surface, and then there is always the crocodile risk in Top End waters. If it’s flooded, forget it,” Watch Commander Koomen said.

Police did not say whether the man needed treatment after being rescued.

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