| 08.11,19. 06:42 PM |
Elderly Adelaide couple who crashed into Victorian dam 'said goodbye' before rescue
Photo: The car crashed into O'Keefes Dam at Creswick at about 11:00am on Thursday. (Supplied: Ash Kemper)
An elderly couple from Adelaide's inner-east narrowly escaped tragedy after they were rescued by a good Samaritan and a police officer seconds before their car submerged in a dam.
The couple, who were on holiday in Victoria, were driving along the Midland Highway about 11:00am on Thursday when their sedan left the road and careered into O'Keefes Dam at Creswick, north of Ballarat.
A tradesman travelling in a car close behind witnessed the crash and jumped into the dam.
He managed to pry open the car door against extreme internal pressure from the water to rescue the 82-year-old male driver.
Leading Senior Constable Simon Barker said he was nearby when he received a triple zero call about a car in a dam and he immediately started helping the other motorist with the rescue.
"[I] jumped in, funny enough the water wasn't cold, the adrenaline was pumping," he said.
"They were pretty distressed as the car was still sinking … it was probably up to their chest and neck height and sinking so they were getting pretty frantic.
"The elderly gentleman, his legs were frozen. He said he couldn't stand, so I dragged him back to the bank and then went back to the car and got the lady out."
Senior Constable Barker said the elderly couple had accepted that they were not going to survive.
"They said goodbye to each other," he said.
"They resigned to the fact that they weren't going to live.
"Probably another 30 seconds and it did submerge so they were just very, very lucky."