Footy legend's wife jumps in lake to survive devastating bushfires while home ...

Footy legend's wife forced to jump into a lake to survive devastating bushfires as the couple's home of 35 years is destroyed by blaze Three 75-year-old women leapt into Lake Conjola as fire approached on NYE One of them was the wife of rugby league legend Ron Coote, now aged 75 They spent an hour treading water under black skies before a jet-ski rescue  Fire destroyed the family's home of 35 years, as well as another 49 in the area 

By Louise Ayling For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 01:59 GMT, 2 January 2020 | Updated: 01:59 GMT, 2 January 2020

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The wife of rugby league legend Ron Coote was forced to jump into a lake as raging bushfires destroyed the couple's home. 

Robin Coote and her two 75-year-old friends took refuge in the water of Lake Conjola on the New South Wales south coast on Tuesday as a fire circled the lakeside community.  

Coote's family home of 35 years was among the 50 properties destroyed when the Currowan fire spread south-east towards the holiday town.

Residents and holiday-makers were forced to flee to the water when fire quickly spread to the New South Wales South Coast on Tuesday December 31, 2019 (pictured)

Residents and holiday-makers were forced to flee to the water when fire quickly spread to the New South Wales South Coast on Tuesday December 31, 2019 (pictured)

Rugby league legend Ron Coote lost his family home of 35 years when the Currowan fire spread south-east towards the holiday town Lake Conjola on the New South Wales south coast on New Year's Eve

Rugby league legend Ron Coote lost his family home of 35 years when the Currowan fire spread south-east towards the holiday town Lake Conjola on the New South Wales south coast on New Year's Eve 

As the fire approached the house, Robin Coote took shelter by the lake with her daughter and two of her 75-year-old friends.

She told the Today Show the fire was fast approaching and they made a split decision that could have saved their lives.

The wife of Footy Legend Ron Coote, Robin, (pictured)  took shelter by Lake Conjola on the New South Wlaes South Coast when a fire quickly approached their property

The wife of Footy Legend Ron Coote, Robin, (pictured)  took shelter by Lake Conjola on the New South Wlaes South Coast when a fire quickly approached their property

'We got down onto the pontoon and the flames were there, it was really scary… and I jumped in. It was daytime, but it was

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