Avon River rescue a reminder of dangers of driving through floodwaters say police

Avon River rescue a reminder of dangers of driving through floodwaters say police

POLICE were called to an incident near Cobbler Pool Road on July 14 where a Landcruiser had become stranded in the Avon River.

Two people were trapped in the vehicle.

Toodyay Police, Wundowie Police, St John Ambulance and Department of Fire and Emergency Services personnel attended.

The river current was fast and the occupants were sitting on the roof of the vehicle.

The driver, a 40 year old man from Ballajura, was assisted to shore by police and other responders.

The passenger, a 24 year old man from Alexander Heights, was winched to safety by the RAC Rescue Helicopter.

The incident is a reminder regarding the dangers of driving through floodwaters.

The Department of Fire and Emergency Services provides the following advice:

Never walk or drive through floodwaters. Driving through flood waters is very dangerous as floodwaters can be very powerful – just a small amount of flood water can wash your vehicle away.

You also cannot see what lies beneath flooded roads, with large sections often washed away, or hazardous items floating in the water, creating dangerous conditions.