Three people rescued from sinkhole - Moree

Published: 24 Mar 2021 11:57pm

Three people were lucky to be alive after they were rescued by Fire and Rescue NSW from a large sinkhole that opened up beneath them as they were standing near the Mehi River in Moree yesterday.

Firefighters from Narrabri Fire Station had attended Moree Hospital for an automatic fire alarm and when walking back to their vehicle heard cries for help coming from near the riverbank on Alice Street at 11.57pm.

They discovered three people were trapped in the sinkhole and immediately got to work utilising land-based flood rescue gear they had received following the completion of training in Tamworth recently.

One man was able to climb out of the sinkhole, while firefighters safely rescued the remaining two people, a man and a woman.

They were all lucky to escape injury.

It is believed the people were standing near the river watching the flood waters when the sinkhole swallowed them.

Narrabri Crew Leader Jason Anderson said that they were lucky to escape with their lives and reiterated that people should not venture into or near swollen rivers or floodwater, as this is an example of how conditions during floods can change rapidly.

Updated: 30 Jan 2023 09:15pm

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Stations nearby

MOREE Fire Station

179 Balo Street, Moree NSW 2400

WARIALDA Fire Station

19 Geddes Street, Warialda NSW 2402

BINGARA Fire Station

44 Finch Street, Bingara NSW 2404