Flooded vehicle towed from river
Wed, 17 Oct 2012 3:50p.m.
By Lloyd Burr
A four-wheel-drive vehicle that was swept away with its occupants and marooned on rocks in the middle of Nelson’s Waimea River has been towed out this afternoon.
Three males and a female had to be rescued by helicopter from the car’s roof when it was washed downstream during their attempt to cross the river last night.
Their actions are being called “foolish” by police but charges are unlikely, despite the helicopter callout costing more than $3,000.
This afternoon two of the lucky occupants, Alec Breen and Chris Millar, returned to the river with some friends to tow the Isuzu out.
It took two other four-wheel-drives to haul the vehicle out before it was towed back to Mr Breen’s house.
He says he’s glad the car is out and the ordeal is over.
“It was cold and daunting. I was pretty happy to see the chopper though knowing we were all going to get off safe.
“Today, we just wanted to get towed out and go home,” he says.
Mr Millar says everyone remained “surprisingly calm” during the rescue.
“We all got out the windows and we went back to find the guy in the back seat and we dragged him onto the roof.
“We stayed there for a couple of hours until ‘Mr Helicopterman’ decided to help us,” he says.
The helicopter callout wasn’t cheap though, and although the cost hasn’t been finalised, police will have to cop the bill.
“Helicopters are very expensive pieces of machinery and we used one for some considerable time,” says Senior Sergeant John Price.
Wellington’s Westpac Rescue Helicopter service costs around $3,200 an hour to operate and yesterday’s operation lasted more than an hour.
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20/10/2012 6:47:52 a.m.
What a bunch of idiots. Total tossers. I hope the police decide to lay charges and/or pass the costs onto this silly bunch of kids. Just shows you what else is on the roads when you drive. How embarrassing for their parents. The worry is they still have no idea what they did wrong and how close the driver came to causing death. Kids make wrong judgement calls all the time. This one needs to learn to make better choices.
19/10/2012 11:16:31 p.m.
I think that the four people that stupidly decided to cross the river should pay the $3,000 simply because they wasted the Rescue Helicopters time with making a silly decision that could have been avoided if they drove safely.
18/10/2012 10:59:42 a.m.
ben cooper wrote:
oh its not dead far from it. it will live again
17/10/2012 7:41:07 p.m.
brodie holdaway wrote:
that was my baby, we tried to kill that truck so much, did 5m jumps in it. bro loaded it with 14 people. now its dead :( r.i.p borris the bighorn
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