A woman is in a critical condition in Gold Coast University Hospital when the car in which she was a passenger crashed into the Tweed River overnight.
Just before 10pm (Saturday October 18) a Mazda coupe driving east along Tweed Valley Way, Tumbulgum, left the roadway about half a kilometre east of Riverside Drive, crossing the northern shoulder and becoming airborne.
The car landed in the Tweed River and started to submerge.
The 51-year-old male driver was able to climb out of the open window but realised his 57-year-old female passenger was still in the vehicle.
The man returned to the car and was able to pull the woman out through the window and commenced CPR until emergency services arrived.
Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was called to the crash site at around 10.15pm.
The helicopter landed under night vision goggles nearby, where local police and VRA had set up a landing site.
The woman was airlifted to the Gold Cost University Hospital, where she remains in in a critical condition.
Tweed-Byron LAC inspector Darren Steel said reports on social media that the driver had absconded the vehicle leaving the passenger to her fate were incorrect.
Insp Steel told Echonetdaily the driver had submitted to mandatory drug and alcohol testing and was helping police with their investigations.
Investigations are continuing.