Bodies of Kiwi family lost in NSW floods found

A child has been pulled from a vehicle swept into the Tweed River
Search for car lost in Tweed River with 3 people inside
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05 April, 2017

On Tuesday police divers removed the bodies of a mother and two of her children from the Tweed River in the Northern Rivers district of New South Wales, Australia.

"This is also a very sad time for all employees at Opal and in particular at our Tweed Heads home where she worked". Rescuers are searching for passengers believed to be in the water.

He said he felt "helplessness" as he watched air bubbles surfacing in the river but "just couldn't find the car".

After a frantic search on Monday afternoon, boats using sonar equipment located the vehicle in the murky water about five metres from the northern bank of the river at 3.25pm.

"We saw the guy being helped out of the water after trying to dive down and save them", he told Fairfax Media, adding: "You can see how much mud has built up on the road this side from the floods - and how slippery it is".

But by the time they had returned to the river's edge the vehicle had disappeared from sight and all that remained was a trail of bubbles.

"We all have accidents", he said.

The men could not reach the auto. "There was a little girl running along the road, around nine [years old]".

It says she is originally from New Zealand.

"She couldn't say much, she just said my mum, my little sister and my brother have gone in the river in a auto".

Scores of emergency services, including the rescue helicopter, raced to help with the operation.

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The child was taken to Tweed Heads Hospital with cuts to her legs and neck pain.

The mother and children have been remembered as a "perfect normal family", by devastated friends.

Police have recovered three bodies from a auto that crashed off a slippery road and sank into the Tweed River in the northern NSW town of Tumbulgum.

It's been reported the road the vehicle was travelling on was closed and covered in flood debris, but locals continued using it to get to homes in the area.

Matt Grinham dived into the freezing river with three other men immediately after seeing the crash while cleaning up flood damage at a family member's house.

There are fears three other people - including the child's mother and sibling - are still trapped inside the auto.

There are fears three other people - including the child's mother and sibling - are still trapped inside the auto.

Emergency services at the Tweed River in Tumbulgum on Monday afternoon.

Police divers have found the bodies of a mother and her two children.

The community is in mourning after the three bodies were found in the river near Tumbulgum yesterday morning.

"With the assistance of SES as well as VRA to search the river, a private person bought a sonar device which we used to search and we have located an object believed to be the vehicle about five metres out from the north bank".


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