The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter has rescued a farmer from rising flood waters in southern NSW, after being tasked by the State Emergency Service to assist with rescue work in the flood-ravaged Riverina region.
The helicopter crew was called to a farming property 20 kilometres to the east of Wagga Wagga, shortly before 10.30 am.
The farmer, in his mid 30s, was attempting to assist cattle on his property when he was trapped by rising waters.
When the Westpac Life Saver found him, he was clinging to a barbed wire fence in an attempt to stop himself being swept away.
Pilot, Ray Pearson, brought the helicopter down to a very low level and Rescue Crew Officer, Gabby Smith, climbed out of the hovering aircraft and went to assist the farmer back to the helicopter.
After the man was assisted on board he was checked by rescue crews but he was not injured. He was flown to his vehicle several kilometres away.
The Moruya based Westpac Life Saver helicopter will be assisting the State Emergency Service with flood rescue work in the Wagga region for at least several more days.
Read more about the NSW floods and the Westpac Helicopter's involvement in Wagga's The Daily Advertiser.
For further information on the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopters, please visit www.lifesaver.org.au