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Creek bed rope rescue
CFA crews conducted a high angle rope rescue shortly after 9am this morning, working closely with SES and Ambulance Victoria to remove a woman from a vehicle which drove off the road and into a dry creek bed at Cottles Bridge, near Hurstbridge.
Operations Officer Steven Pitcher said a single vehicle with a single occupant inside had gone down a steep 45-degree embankment about 30 metres from the road.
“Crews used specialist rescue equipment, including hydraulic tools to free the woman from the vehicle,” he said.
“Once she had been made stable and placed on a litter, a rope system was used to raise her up the embankment to road level from the creek bed.
“It was very fortunate that there was no water flowing in the creek bed, as this would have hampered crews,” he said.
Steven praised emergency services personnel handled the rescue describing good example for how this type of operation should be carried out.
The woman was freed from the vehicle shortly after 10am, and was later transferred to an ambulance and then to hospital. A multi-agency incident management team was set up to manage the rescue.
The circumstances of the accident are not yet known.
Photo courtesy CFA District 14