Woman rescued from submerged car dies in Lismore hospital

A woman has died in hospital after being rescued from her submerged car at Lismore yesterday.

Emergency services were called to Bridge Street about 4.20pm (Friday 8 March 2019), after a car was seen swerving across the roadway then travelling down an embankment and sinking in the Richmond River.

Two bystanders got into the water searching for the submerged vehicle and were joined by two police officers in extricating the 84-year-old driver from the vehicle. She was pulled to shore and CPR initiated.

Additional police, as well as Fire & Rescue NSW, Lismore SES and NSW Ambulance arrived on scene; however, due to the terrain, police continued resuscitation efforts for an extended time until the woman could be winched to street level.

She was taken to Lismore Base Hospital in a critical condition; however, 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 are attending the scene today to recover the car, which is currently 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. Information is treated in strict confidence.

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