Car crashes, wild weather and a vertical rescue - Narooma Rescue Squad's busy week

LUCKY: Emergency services rescue Lynette Williams from a Holden Trax SUV in Kianga Creek on Thursday, June 6. Picture: Fire and Rescue NSW.

LUCKY: Emergency services rescue Lynette Williams from a Holden Trax SUV in Kianga Creek on Thursday, June 6. Picture: Fire and Rescue NSW.

The Narooma Rescue Squad Volunteer Rescue Association (VRA) had a busy week attending serious car crashes, wild weather incidents and a vertical rescue.

The amazing story of Lynette Williams, who was found in a crumpled car more than 16 hours after crashing into Kianga Creek, made national news.

There were more than 40 emergency service members at the scene on Thursday, June 6.

NSW Police were first on scene followed by NSW Ambulance, Fire and Rescue NSW, Moruya State Emergency Services, Narooma Volunteer Rescue Association and the Dalmeny Rural Fire Service.

Narooma Rescue Squad VRA training officer, Mal Barry, said the woman was extremely lucky.

"All emergency services worked well together; it was a good safe operation with a great outcome," he said.

A screenshot of Narooma Rescue Squad VRA training officer Mal Barry featuring on Nine News' evening segment on Friday, June 7.

A screenshot of Narooma Rescue Squad VRA training officer Mal Barry featuring on Nine News' evening segment on Friday, June 7.

The 69-year-old was believed to have broken ribs, mild exposure and other minor injuries. It took 20 minutes to remove her from the car.

Mr Barry said she was "stuck by confinement".

"We cut the front and back doors off and the B pillar. Ambos undertook more stabilising before airlifting her out," he said.

In the last week we have done five jobs in six days ...

Mal Barry

Narooma Rescue Squad VRA were called to another scene just after midnight on Monday, June 10, to reports of a man who had fallen off a cliff at Mossy Point.

The man was winched to safety by the NSW Toll Ambulance and transported to Canberra hospital with a suspected broken leg.

"In the last week we have done five jobs in six days," Mr Barry said.

"We had two storm jobs on Tuesday, and the fatality on Wednesday."

On Wednesday, June 5, a 45-year-old male driver died after crashing into a tree on Mystery Bay Road.

The Narooma Rescue Squad VRA are the primary rescue, road crash rescue, vertical and land rescue agency for Narooma.

Emergency service crews working together at the Kianga Creek crash site. Picture: Narooma Rescue Squad VRA.

Emergency service crews working together at the Kianga Creek crash site. Picture: Narooma Rescue Squad VRA.

In April this year, the squad also attended the fatal collision two kilometres south of Narooma on the Princes Highway which killed 25-year-old Belinda Green.

Mr Barry said the rescue squad's average call-out is about two per month.

"The average depends, because in 2017 we did more jobs in the first two months than we had in three years," he said.

Mr Barry said there is a "good peer support network set up" for volunteers after distressing jobs.

"Everyone deals with it differently; you have to keep an eye on your mates and ask them if they are ok," Mr Barry said.

"We debrief after every call-out."

A message Mr Barry shared with road users was: "drive to the conditions and let people know where you are going and when you will be there".

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