Three people rescued from floodwaters in Moruya

Helicopter rescues three from flooded car: two women and a man are winched to safety by the Westpac Life Saver Helicopter after their car was caught in a flooded creek on the NSW south coast, says the rescue service's chief executive Stephen Leahy. 

Three people were winched from the roof of a four-wheel-drive vehicle caught in a flooding creek just west of Moruya on Tuesday morning.

The dramatic rescue by the Westpac Life Saver Helicopter came after two women and a man crossing a fast flowing creek near Wamban got their vehicle caught about 8.30am.

Three people plucked from their car after becoming stuck in floodwaters at Moruya. Photo: Supplied

Three people plucked from their car after becoming stuck in floodwaters at Moruya. Photo: Supplied

The three occupants climbed onto the roof and a nearby farmer threw them a rope as a safety back-up and called emergency services.

The State Emergency Service, NSW Police and Ambulance were sent to the scene, along with the rescue helicopter to fetch the trapped trio.

The group is plucked to safety by the rescue helicopter.  Photo: Supplied

The group is plucked to safety by the rescue helicopter. Photo: Supplied

SES officers secured the car but the conditions were deemed too dangerous to get the people through the creek.

The rescue helicopter navigated low-level cloud and heavy rain in the area to find the car.

It winched the people off the roof shortly before 10am and flew them to a nearby paddock, where they were checked by paramedics.

The Batemans Bay Post reported more than 74 millimetres of rain had fallen at Araluen overnight and there were widespread falls of more than 50mm across the region.

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