By Louise Ayling For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 01:59 GMT, 2 January 2020 | Updated: 01:59 GMT, 2 January 2020
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)
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
'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