NSW Police Rescue Trapped Driver After 17 Hours Thanks To Mobile Phone System

A woman was successfully rescued by NSW Police yesterday after spending 17 hours trapped in her overturned and partially submerged vehicle.

Authorities state the 67-year-old driver’s Holden Trax left the Princes Highway near Kianga around 11pm Wednesday.

The vehicle crashed down an embankment and into Kianga Creek, rendering the woman unconscious. She awoke around 4.30pm yesterday and was able to call a relative.

That relative was unable to provide police with an exact location, sparking a search involving police, Fire & Rescue NSW, the SES, and other volunteers.

A Westpac Life Saver Rescue helicopter was also deployed in the search, the Illawarra Mercury reports.

Authorities were able to use the mobile phone system to ascertain the woman’s rough location. NSW Police say they located the woman some 20 minutes later.

She was treated at the scene for suspected fractures and exposure, and was airlifted to Canberra Hospital. She is listed as being in a stable condition.