The scene of the tragedy on Saturday
The scene of the tragedy on Saturday

Mayor gives condolences to family of 73-year-old doctor

MAYOR Richie Williamson expressed his deepest sympathies and condolences to the family of the 73-year-old man whose body was found in floodwaters near Copmanhurst on Saturday.

"It's a very stark reminder of how these emergencies can impact on human life," Cr Williamson said.

"We offer our deepest sympathies and condolences to the family."

The Copmanhurst community was shocked and saddened by the incident in which retired doctor Michael King's body was found in his submerged car.

His wife, who is understood to be a specialist at Grafton Base Hospital, was reportedly in Lismore when the tragedy happened.


Police initially reported the incident happened on Rogan Bridge Rd, but it has now been confirmed the incident took place on the Clarence Way near the Whiteman Creek Bridge turn-off.


The 73-year-old man was found in his white four-wheel-drive, which was completely submerged in floodwaters.

SES volunteers were called to the area about 20km north-west of Grafton shortly before 1pm on Saturday after the car was spotted. .

A local source said he was checking floodwaters near his home when he saw the vehicle submerged in floodwater. Only the roof was visible. He contacted SES and directed them to the car.

It is believed the car was travelling from Grafton to Copmanhurst.

Sources at the Rest Point Hotel in Copmanhurst said they did not yet know who the man was.

Access to Copmanhurst is once again blocked due to floodwaters.

An emergency helicopter airlifted a middle-aged man and an elderly woman out of the area to Grafton Base Hospital so they could receive medical attention yesterday afternoon.