News

Heroes rescue crash victim in dam

Toowoomba worker Jamie Farmer was one of three men who saved an elderly woman after her car crashed into a dam.
Toowoomba worker Jamie Farmer was one of three men who saved an elderly woman after her car crashed into a dam. Nev Madsen

TOOWOOMBA worker Jamie Farmer and two passers-by had less than two minutes to save the life of an elderly woman who was unconscious and trapped in a car sinking in a dam.

Mr Farmer, 46, was driving to Brisbane when he saw the 81-year-old woman's car involved in a crash with another car and veer down an embankment on the Warrego Hwy at Plainland at 11.20am on Tuesday.

Her Holden Commodore hit a dirt mound, became airborne and launched into a roadside dam.

Mr Farmer quickly did a U-turn. He and two other motorists - an off-duty police officer, 46, and a man in his mid-20s - swam out to the woman's sinking car.

"She was unconscious and sitting in water up to her chest," he said.

The younger man used a bar to smash the driver's side window as the water pressure jammed the doors shut.

The trio could not undo the woman's seatbelt and pulled her limp body through the seatbelt and out the window.

"I thought she was dead at that stage," Mr Farmer said.

"Her eyes were open, but rolled into the back of her head."

They swam her to shore and Mr Farmer returned to the fully-submerged car to check for passengers.

"From the time the car hit the water to the time it sank was no more than two minutes," he said.

"The biggest thing I was worried about was if there were kids in the car being school holidays.

"I dived in again to see if I could feel anyone else inside because being dam water you couldn't see through it."

Paramedics took the Regency Downs woman to the Ipswich Hospital where she was in a stable condition yesterday. She had a head injury and had swallowed water.

Mr Farmer said the incident had his adrenalin pumping.

He works as a welding supervisor for Russell Mineral Equipment in Toowoomba and travels to Brisbane once a week to check on jobs.

Emergency services have praised the trio for saving the woman's life.

Topics:  car crash, rescue, toowoomba, warrego highway




Fire totems up for grabs in buy or burn sale

Paul Stumkat with the fire totems

Here's a great chance to pick up a very unique work.

You can’t make a jumper without Spinners and Weavers

YARN SPINNERS: Kellie Purcival and Margaret Smit are selling their goods at Cafe Jacqui's.

YOU can’t make a jumper without a good yarn.

Pringle Cottage joins in the Jumpers and Jazz fun

PRINGLE SWING: Ev Eastwell and Heather Gould are bringing the Jumpers and Jazz flavour to Pringle Cottage.

ONE of the oldest pieces of Warwick’s history has joined one of the

Latest deals and offers


Get out this weekend on a budget

Tree jumper artwork

Here is your go to guide for getting out this weekend on a budget

Superheroes of the big screen enjoy sounds of Splendour

CHRIS Hemsworth and his Avengers mates drop by Byron festival.

Indigenous artist shows tourists secrets of Aboriginal painting

Ever thought "I could do that" about Aboriginal art?

Dynamic pics from Splendour Day 1

The Strokes perform at Splendour in the Grass 2016. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

Check out the latest pictures from Splendour in the Grass.

Bindi Irwin: 18 magic photos to mark her 18th birthday

Bindi Irwin with a python.

Photos: Bindi Irwin from babyhood to 18

Aussie director makes his mark on new Roots mini-series

Malachi Kirby as Kunta Kinte in a scene from the TV series Roots.

BRUCE Beresford behind final episode of remake of iconic series.

Wham bam, thank you TAM

Regional TAM is increasing its audience measurement services by 50%.

Regional television viewers finally getting the credit we deserve

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

The climb is slow but property on the way up

Michael Matusik, director of Matusik Property Insights.Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin

The improvement would be mild when compared to past cycles