A SES Officer runs to the rescue of a broken down driver in flood water on Darlington Drive Banora Point.
A SES Officer runs to the rescue of a broken down driver in flood water on Darlington Drive Banora Point. SCOTT POWICK

Third death confirmed in East Coast Low aftermath

THREE men have died in three separate incidents as New South Wales reels from the battering unleashed by an East Coast Low as it swept south along the Australian coastline.

 A man's body was pulled from a ute near Leppington in south-west Sydney, on Monday morning following an extensive search for the car's occupants, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. 

Locals reported seeing a white ute, possibly with two occupants, entering a causeway on Sunday evening and being washed away.

In a separate incident about an hours west of Leppington another man died after being trapped in his vehicle in floodwaters, near Bowral in New South Wales' Southern Highlands - about an hour west of Sydney. 

The news comes as reports emerge of a another flood related death near Canberra, on the Cotter River. 

In the first incident Bowral Police and assisting crew discovered a 65-year-old Mittagong man behind the wheel of his silver Mazda in Mittagong Creek, behind Bowral Swimming Pool, the Southern Highland News reports. 

Chief Inspector John Sheehan, of Bowral Police, said officers were informed about 5.30pm on Sunday that a car was possibly stuck in the creek.

Chief Insp Sheehan said police with assistance from SES, Goulburn Police Rescue and council crew discovered the man deceased in his vehicle about 8.30am today. 

"We are preparing a report for the coroner and investigations will continue," he told local media. 

The news comes as reports of another flood victim - this time on the Cotter River near Canberra. 

ABC reports the man's body was found on an island in the middle of the river about 4.30pm yesterday. 

The news comes as the nation switches from survival to recovery mode with the East Coast Low that wreaked havoc over about 1500km of the nation's coastline finally moves out to sea.

 

The East Coast Low is now making it's way out to sea as this image from the BOM shows - it now perched off Merimbula on the NSW South Coast.
The East Coast Low is now making it's way out to sea as this image from the BOM shows - it now perched off Merimbula on the NSW South Coast.

Meanwhile on Sydney's Northern Baaches properties in Collaroy and surrounds have succumbed to a high tide and very large surf. 

One local even compared the inundation to a tsunami. 



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