Friday 23 September 2022 07:47 AM Bingleburra NSW: Policeman saves women and four-year-old boy from car trapped ... trends now
A police officer has snatched two women and a four-year-old boy from surging floodwaters in a bold, single-handed rescue operation.
Senior Constable Richard Hansen saved the trio from a submerged 4WD on a causeway in Bingleburra, 80km north of Newcastle on Thursday.
Footage of the daring recovery was captured on body-worn camera he had attached to the bullbar of his vehicle - as wild wet weather wreaked havoc on the region.
The brave officer waded into the rising waters with a safety line and took the child from a window, leading him to safety (pictured)
Senior Constable Hansen said he thought, 'holy moly, what's happened here', as he came upon the car occupants.
The trio's vehicle became waterlogged five metres from dry land, before the 'fantastic, country cop' took on the rising waters to get them out.
The 20-year veteran waded into the flooded causeway with a safety line and took the child from a window, leading him to safety.
He then returned to a 51-year-old woman clinging to the outside the car, whose foot had become trapped under a rock.
When he freed her she told the constable there was a 44-year-old woman in the car who had a pre-existing injury.
The trio's vehicle (pictured) became waterlogged on a causeway in the Hunter region in NSW during wild weather before the 'fantastic, country cop' took on the rising waters to save them
Detective Superintendent Wayne Humphrey told the media the situation could have had a very different outcome had Senior Constable Hansen not