Media release

Police rescue stranded man in flood waters


During the early hours of Saturday morning, Northern Territory Police received a distress call from a man who attempted to traverse the Blythe River crossing and found himself stranded amid the flooding river.

The stranded driver, recognising the unsafe situation, had no choice but to climb onto the roof of his vehicle, from where he urgently called for assistance.

The water level had risen to half the height of the vehicle's bonnet, highlighting the imminent danger posed by attempting to cross flooded rivers.

Police members were deployed to assist, and the stranded male was safely returned to the community.

Superintendent Jody Nobbs said, "Police would like to remind the public of the potentially life-threatening consequences of attempting to traverse flooding rivers. We urge everyone to prioritise their safety and avoid putting themselves and emergency responders at risk."