A local man is being thanked by police and residents for his bravery after he risked his own life to save a 74-year-old woman from flood waters.
The Eaglehawk woman was driving in convoy with a friend, along Elmore-Raywood Road, when their vehicles were impacted by flood waters last night. The woman’s car was swept off the road into Bendigo Creek at Naughtons Bridge before it traveled about 100m downstream.
The local man, Mitch, swam out to the woman several times before he was able to use a ratchet strap to secure the woman to the tree. Mitch then stayed with the woman making sure she was ok, for up to an hour, while emergency services made their way to the scene.
State Emergency Service personnel were first on the scene before two Victoria Police Swift Water Rescue Teams arrived, including members from both the Water Police and Search and Rescue Squad. Teams then deployed a vessel into the water to rescue the pair.
The pair were rescued and checked over by Ambulance Paramedics and luckily weren’t injured. The woman from the other car was very lucky her car wasn’t swept away and was assisted by members of the public to make it dry ground.
Mitch shared the details of the incident with Channel 9 –