Emergency Services Rescue Man After Vehicle Swept Away by Flooding in Alice Springs

A driver in Alice Springs, Northern Territory, had to cling onto a tree for more than six hours before being rescued on November 10, emergency services said, after floodwater swept his car into the surging Todd River.

Footage filmed by Paul Bellman of St John Ambulance Service NT shows the man being hoisted away from the car, which was trapped against a tree in the river, and onto a footbridge using a system of ropes.

Local reports citing ambulance services said the driver, a 33-year-old man, was in good condition after his ordeal, but suffering from exhaustion.

The Bureau of Meteorology said 95.8 mm (3.8 inches) of rain fell at Alice Springs airport over a 24-hour period November 9 to 10, the highest such total since 2001. Credit: Paul Bellman/St John NT via Storyful

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