A woman has tragically died just hours after being rescued from her submerged car, after it plunged into the Richmond River in NSW.
Emergency services were called to Bridge Street in Lismore at around 4.20pm on Friday following reports a car was seen swerving across the road. It was then spotted continuing down an embankment before plunging into the river and immediately sinking.
Spotting the devastating moment, NSW Police confirmed that two heroic bystanders jumped into the river to try to save the driver, where they were later joined by two police officers in helping to extricate the woman.
She was immediately pulled to shore and given CPR for an extended period of time by the police officers, as paramedics struggled to reach the woman due to tough terrain.
The cops said in a statement: “Additional police, as well as Fire & Rescue NSW, Lismore SES and NSW Ambulance arrived on scene; however, due to the terrain, police continued resuscitation efforts for an extended time until the woman could be winched to street level.
“She was taken to Lismore Base Hospital in a critical condition; however, died shortly before 11pm.”
The woman is believed to have been from Casino, but her identity is yet to be revealed as family members are told the tragic news.
A report will be prepared for the coroner and police divers from Sydney are now at the scene to try to recover the car, which is currently submerged in 5m of water.
It comes just weeks after a Perth grandmother drowned in a freak accident, prompting calls for tougher laws for senior drivers.
Police said at the time that an 81-year-old man was driving a Mitsubishi Magna wagon when it crashed into the water at Fremantle port’s South Mole on January 28. He managed to swim to safety but his 75-year-old wife was trapped in the submerged car and could not be rescued.