Plunge survivor 'serious'

THE next few hours will be critical for the elderly man involved in Tuesday's horror Tweed boat harbour crash.

The 76-year-old Upper Mount Gravatt man remained in a serious condition in The Tweed Hospital yesterday after he almost drowned when his four-wheel-drive ploughed in to the water.

Tweed Heads Police Inspector Darren Steel said yesterday: “He's still in a serious condition and the next 24 hours will be crucial”.

The crash is being treated as an accident and it is believed the man left his car in drive as he attempted to park at the River Terrace boat harbour car park.

As reported in the Tweed Daily News yesterday, fisherman Darren Noltenius risked his own safety to help the man escape the sinking vehicle, with the help of Jon Timmermans.

The man wasn't able to exit his car before it completely submerged and he spent a period of time underwater inside the vehicle.

Somehow he managed to free himself and emerged on the water's surface coughing up seawater. Mr Noltenius has been praised for his heroic actions.

The car was removed from the boat harbour yesterday afternoon and firefighters ensured any possible fuel spill would be contained.



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