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A woman has died in hospital after being rescued from her submerged car in the Wilsons River at Lismore on Friday afternoon (March 8).

Emergency services were called to Bridge Street about 4.20pm, after a car was seen swerving across the roadway then travelling down an embankment and sinking in the river.

Two bystanders got into the water searching for the submerged vehicle.

Two police officers joined them in extricating the 84-year-old driver from the vehicle. She was pulled to shore and CPR was initiated.

Additional police, as well as Fire & Rescue NSW, Lismore SES and NSW Ambulance arrived on the scene.

Due to the terrain, however, police were required to continue resuscitation efforts for some time until the woman could be winched to street level.

She was taken to Lismore Base Hospital in a critical condition, where she died shortly before 11pm.

The woman is believed to be from Casino.

A report will be prepared for the information of the coroner.

Police divers from Sydney were called in to recover the car, which was submerged in 5m water.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au

 


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