Firefighters rescue women and children from stranded car in floodwaters - Video - Forbes

Published: 12 Oct 2022 06:03pm

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) In-water experts have rescued two women and four children, aged under seven, from their car, stranded in floodwaters near Forbes in the state's central west.

The family was travelling from Young to Forbes around 3pm when it decided to take a chance and cross a flooded road, 10-kilometres south-east of the township.

Water entered the Ford Territory's air intake and the vehicle stalled.

FRNSW Strike Team Charlie, working out of Forbes as part of the SES-led flood response, assessed the flow of the floodwaters and ventured in to reach the family.

Assisted by SES volunteers, NSW Police and Surf Life Savers, the specially-trained firefighters fitted the vehicle's occupants with life jackets and used an Arkangel raft to convey the children to safety.

Police transported the women and children to Forbes to be re-united with relatives.

No-one was injured in the incident.

Fire and Rescue NSW is warning the public not to take risks with floodwaters even if they're familiar with the local crossings.

***Footage of that rescue and other FRNSW flood responses is available at: [external link]

Updated: 30 Jan 2023 09:14pm

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Stations nearby

FORBES Fire Station

46 Templar Street, Forbes NSW 2871

PARKES Fire Station

20 Hill Street, Parkes NSW 2870

GRENFELL Fire Station

69 Camp Street, Grenfell NSW 2810