A police sergeant who went on strike to rescue two boys who were swept away by a fast-moving river in the Midwest NSW has been praised for their bravery.
On Saturday afternoon, an 11-year-old boy fell into the flood-affected Lachlan River near Kondobolin and fell about 60 meters.
The boys managed to grab a rope attached to an open log in the middle of the river and called for help from nearby camps in the local Caravan Park.
Emergency teams were called to the scene at 3:45 p.m.
Officers from the Central West Police District, including members of the SES and the Rural Fire Service, were present.
After the boys shouted at the police, they couldn’t hold back, carrying Sergeant Hunter, a life jacket and flotation equipment, and swam towards the children, bringing them both safely to the riverbank.
The couple was examined by ambulance paramedics before returning to their parents.
Orange Police Chief Inspector Peter Atkins praised Sergeant Hunter for the gallantry award.
“Sergeant Hunter’s heroic efforts to rescue these two boys from the fast-moving river are to be commended,” said Chief Inspector Atkins.
“Without a quick-witted and courageous response from our police, the consequences for the families of these two boys could be tragic,” said Chief Inspector Atkins.
The incident served as a reminder as summer approaches, and people should avoid swimming in flood-affected rivers, as conditions are unpredictable, changeable and often dangerous, he added.