Man's dramatic rescue from flood

A MAN was lucky to escape rising floodwaters when three people rescued him from a swollen river after his ute overturned.

Derek Cunningham, of Biggenden, was already waist deep in water when Brian Pastures Research Station employee Tracy Longhurst stumbled across him at Thompson’s Crossing, about 4km west of Ban Ban Springs.

“I couldn’t see anybody, so I started to turn around - and then I heard someone yelling out for help,” she said.

“I saw him caught in the middle of the rapids, hanging on to a small tree.”

Ms Longhurst grabbed a rope from her vehicle, but was unable to throw it close enough to Mr Cunningham.

She called back to her office and employees Carl Aberdein and Joanne Campbell came to help.

Mr Aberdein’s horse expertise meant he was able to throw the rope in an attempt to lasso Mr Cunningham.

“Joanne and I held on to the back of Carl and he pulled him across to us,” she said.

“I have never seen the river come up so fast before.”

The trio took Mr Cunningham back to the station and called an ambulance, which took him to Biggenden Hospital.



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