Courageous moment a policeman saves two women and a four-year-old boy from a car trapped in rising floodwaters
- A police officer rescued two women and a young boy in floodwaters on Thursday
- The daring rescue of the trio took place in Bingleburra, in the Hunter region NSW
- Senior Constable Richard Hansen was described as as ‘fantastic, country cop’
A police officer has snatched two women and a four-year-old boy from surging floodwaters in a bold, single-handed rescue operation.
Senior Constable Richard Hansen saved the trio from a submerged 4WD on a causeway in Bingleburra, 80km north of Newcastle on Thursday.
Footage of the daring recovery was captured on body-worn camera he had attached to the bullbar of his vehicle – as wild wet weather wreaked havoc on the region.
The brave officer waded into the rising waters with a safety line and took the child from a window, leading him to safety (pictured)
Senior Constable Hansen said he thought, ‘holy moly, what’s happened here’, as he came upon the car occupants.
The trio’s vehicle became waterlogged five metres from dry land, before the ‘fantastic, country cop’ took on the rising waters to get them out.
The 20-year veteran waded into the flooded causeway with a safety line and took the child from a window, leading him to safety.
He then returned to a 51-year-old woman clinging to the outside the car, whose foot had become trapped under a rock.
When he freed her she told the constable there was a 44-year-old woman in the car who had a pre-existing injury.
The trio’s vehicle (pictured) became waterlogged on a causeway in the Hunter region in NSW during wild weather before the ‘fantastic, country cop’ took on the rising waters to save them
Detective Superintendent Wayne Humphrey told the media the situation could have had a very different outcome had Senior Constable Hansen not intervened (pictured, the officer guiding the boy to safety on Thursday)
He then used a winch attached to his police car to secure the immersed vehicle, before helping the other woman out.
The three were treated for shock at the scene but were not injured from the event.
The brave senior constable said it was important for him to remain calm as he went through the three-step rescue.
He took part in two deployments to Lismore this year, while it was being hit by devastating floods.
Detective Superintendent Wayne Humphrey told the media his message could have been a completely different one if the officer had not intervened.
The senior constable had been attending the emergency while the region was being rocked by heavy rainfall and storms, with floodwater warnings issued.
‘He’s humble, he’s a fantastic, country cop and he saved those three peoples’ lives,’ Detective Sup Humphrey said.
The rescue came as a massive storm stretching across Australia’s east coast threatened havoc on already flood-ravaged towns.
The rain has since eased but rivers in the area continue to rise.
The 20-year police force veteran (pictured, during the rescue) said it was important for him to remain calm as he paced through the three-step rescue
Residents of Lismore, who have been devastated by two flooding events this year, were being told to brace for more wet weather, with a minor to moderate flood warning issued for the town’s Wilsons River.
NSW Emergency Services Minister Steph Cooke warned on Thursday it was the start of a ‘very long season’ for flood conditions.
‘We’re facing challenges on multiple fronts with prolonged flooding through the west and north-west of NSW, renewed river rises in the Central West and southern parts of NSW,’ she said.
‘Now communities in the Northern Rivers, mid North Coast and North Coast who have been made flood weary over the past several months are facing an uncertain couple of days with weather conditions worsening.’
Once he freed the 51-year-old woman (pictured), she told him there was a 44-year-old woman in the car who had a pre-existing injury