Two men saved but risky actions slammed as 'bogan behaviour'
TWO MEN are thanking their lucky stars after Bellingen SES volunteers risked their own lives to save them from drowning.
Despite all the warnings against driving through flood waters, the men last night took the risk of venturing past warning signs near the Old Butter Factory.
SES controller Toby Cuthel said that as they approached the Norco depot, the driver lost control of the vehicle.
"It's believed they were carried along by the water and the car went nose first into a culvert," he said.
"Leaving the vehicle the men were then washed away and are very, very lucky not to have drowned.
"One of them became tangled in privet bush where he was trapped until the alarm was raised and we were able to reach him.
"The other bloke grabbed hold of a tree and he was left hanging there for more than an hour and a half."
Witnesses said the men were heard calling for help and pleading for their lives.
"I saw them down the town later in the morning and they promised to make a donation," Controller Cuthel said.
Meanwhile, residents at Coffs Harbour Jetty have been left gob smacked at the "bogan behaviour" displayed by numerous motorists running the risks involved of driving through the flood and tidal waters at the railway overpass on the corner of Orlando Street and Ocean Parade.
"These people must be totally brain dead to ignore the warnings," one nearby resident remarked.
"Every time it floods we see them taking risks and putting lives in danger.
"Fair dinkum, the bogans are taking over and nobody is pulling them into line."
Incidents like these have left NSW Police and emergency service personnel frustrated that valuable time and resources are being wasted to rescue motorists who are blatantly ignoring signs that roads are closed.
Deputy State Emergency Operations Controller, Assistant Commissioner Alan Clarke, said roads are closed for a very good reason - they are flooded and dangerous.
"We are again appealing for motorists, and members of the public to never enter floodwaters or cross flooded causeways," he pleaded.
"It is dangerous for them and for those who have to rescue them."