A FIVE-year-old boy has drowned after being trapped in a car engulfed in floods in New South Wales.
The boy’s parents and two siblings, aged three and one, clung to a tree to escape the rising waters.
The family was trapped in their Toyota Hilux on McGrane Way near Tullamore on Friday.
Emergency services rushed to the area where they rescued two children and their parents, ABC reported.
The boy’s body was tragically found by divers in the submerged car on Saturday.
NSW Police said in a statement: “Four occupants of the Hilux, a 37-year-old man, a 28-year-old woman, along with a boy and a girl, got out and were able to cling to trees.
“However, a five-year-old boy was trapped in the car before it went into hiding.”
The boy’s parents and two siblings were taken to Dubbo Base Hospital “in a state of shock”.
Another car carrying two men was also trapped in the same spot, but hours later they managed to swim over and call for help.
Eyewitness Fiona Aveyard was one of the first to arrive at the scene, telling the outlet it was a “miracle they even got a signal to call for help.”
She said: “We arrived in Wasser a few hundred yards from the junction in the dark. The water at the low crossing was about five feet high.
“They were downstream in the creek clinging to trees – a mother, father and two small children.
“If that second vehicle hadn’t come over, there’s no way we would have had that family here this morning. You couldn’t have held onto those trees all night with kids.
A police investigation into the incident is ongoing.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6296876/boy-drowns-submerged-car-floods-parents-clinging-tree/ Boy, 5, drowns in submerged car swept away by floods as parents and two other children cling to tree