Flood Rescue - Swift Water Rescue - Gunnedah

Published: 27 Nov 2021 07:00pm

Fire and Rescue (NSW) crews have helped save a mother and teenage son from rising floodwaters at Gunnedah in the state's north east.

Around 7pm last night (Saturday 27 November), the State Emergency Service received a call from a concerned resident, who was trapped with her 14-year-old son by the floodwaters on Tamworth Road.

With night fall rapidly approaching, Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) was called in to assist the SES and a team prepared itself for a two-and-a-half kilometre trek through dark floodwaters and unfamiliar terrain. 

The swift water rescue experts encountered fast flowing water with depths ranging from ankle to waist deep. 

Upon its arrival, the firefighter rescue team encouraged the mother and son to gather essential items.

The pair was then safely transported by inflatable boat to higher ground and waiting family members.

This is a timely reminder to never take risks with flood waters, never cross or enter rising, moving or flooded waters or roads and to call Triple Zero (000) if you find yourself in danger.

Updated: 30 Jan 2023 09:14pm

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Details about this incident may change and should not be used as emergency information and/or advice.

For all life threatening emergencies, call Triple Zero (000)

For flood information, warnings or requests for non-life threatening assistance, call the SES on 132 500 or visit the NSW State Emergency Service website here. [external link].

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Stations nearby

GUNNEDAH Fire Station

96 Barber Street, Gunnedah NSW 2380

BOGGABRI Fire Station

175 Merton Street, Boggabri NSW 2382

MANILLA Fire Station

Strafford St, Manilla NSW 2346