Three people were winched from the roof of a four-wheel-drive vehicle caught in a flooding creek just west of Moruya on Tuesday morning.
The dramatic rescue by the Westpac Life Saver Helicopter came after two women and a man crossing a fast flowing creek near Wamban got their vehicle caught about 8.30am.
The three occupants climbed onto the roof and a nearby farmer threw them a rope as a safety back-up and called emergency services.
The State Emergency Service, NSW Police and Ambulance were sent to the scene, along with the rescue helicopter to fetch the trapped trio.
SES officers secured the car but the conditions were deemed too dangerous to get the people through the creek.
The rescue helicopter navigated low-level cloud and heavy rain in the area to find the car.
UPDATE: 3 persons clinging to roof of car, trapped in fast flowing creek. @NSWAmbulance , @nswpolice & @NSWSESISR still searching. — Westpac Life Saver (@Lifesaverhelo) August 25, 2014
It winched the people off the roof shortly before 10am and flew them to a nearby paddock, where they were checked by paramedics.
UPDATE: 3 persons have been winched from roof of 4WD caught in creek. All now safe and well and being checked by @NSWAmbulance.— Westpac Life Saver (@Lifesaverhelo) August 25, 2014
The Batemans Bay Post reported more than 74 millimetres of rain had fallen at Araluen overnight and there were widespread falls of more than 50mm across the region.
Lifesaver 3 now returned to base. 2 fem, 1 mle rescued in difficult conditions. @nswpolice, @NSWAmbulance & @NSWSESISR want you to be safe. — Westpac Life Saver (@Lifesaverhelo) August 26, 2014