Australia: A large turn out of emergency services rescued two people from the Yarra River, following a kayaking accident in the flood swollen river at Warrandyte today.
The two women’s kayake overturned after getting caught on a tree in the middle of the river just before 11am, washing them toward a large dead tree that had washed into the Yarra.
Due to recent heavy rain, the river was rough and fast moving. The women were safely rescued in front of a large crowd in the centre of the old gold mining town of Warrandyte.
Local Victoria Police, CFA and Manninghan SES were quickly on the scene.MFB specialist marine crews, along with firefighters from Richmond and Greensborough. Victoria Police Search & Rescue Squad attended and the women were treated by paramedics from Ambulance Victoria.
By coincidence, the rescue too place at a point on the river where we had been monitoring river levels with a photographic record:
Images near Warrandyte Bridge on a ‘normal’ day verses earlier this week and today the women were returned to safety.