Distress beacon alerts emergency services to car swept from causeway

Just before 10am today, May 8, the Westpac Rescue Helicopter had a request from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority following the detection of a distress beacon near Koreelah, west of Woodenbong.

Paramedics and emergency services also responded and headed to the remote location of the distress beacon.

Because of the muddy and unfavourable trail conditions services were unable to gain access.

After a short search the Westpac Rescue Helicopter and critical care medical team found a car that had been partially swept from a narrow causeway on the remote trail.

The rescue helicopter was able to land close to the car.

The driver, a man in his 50s was uninjured and required no medical treatment.

Local authorities arranged for the man to be brought out of the location by local farm machinery and his car will be recovered at a later.

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