Late on Friday night, officials received a tip that they were looking for a child who was five years old and had been reported missing after becoming stuck inside a vehicle that was washed away in floodwaters.
On Friday night, members of the NSW State Emergency Services, together with paramedics and police officers, were sent to McGrane Way in Tullamore, which is located in the Central West region of NSW, after it was reported that two vehicles were stranded in flood waters there.
When rescue personnel arrived to the scene, which was located north-northwest of Parkes, they found four people clinging to trees in an attempt to escape the rising flood waters; however, a child who had been travelling with them could not be found.
Late on Friday night, floodwaters carried away a vehicle, trapping a child who was only five years old inside the vehicle. The neighbourhood is now bracing for a terrible tragedy..
It was reported that two vehicles were stranded in flood waters on McGrane Way in Tullamore, which is located in the Central West of NSW, on Friday night. In response to this information, the NSW State Emergency Services, medical staff, and police officers were all called to the area.
When rescue personnel got at the location, which was located north-west of Parkes, they discovered four people clinging to trees in an attempt to escape the rising flood waters. However, a youngster who had been travelling with the group and was five years old could not be located.
A spokeswoman for the National Crime Information Center told NCA NewsWire that “police have been advised that a five-year-old youngster from one of the vehicles has not yet been accounted for.”
The automobiles had not yet been rescued from the floodwaters as of the morning of Saturday, and the emergency services would continue to remain on the scene until the vehicles could be retrieved and accessed.
The child, who is five years old, is believed to have spent the night locked inside of one of the flooded vehicles, according to the police.
According to the reports, the authorities believe that the child would not have been able to survive.
A woman in her 20s, a man in his 30s, and two children were rescued at the site by crews on a SES flood boat. The rescued individuals were then transported to Dubbo Hospital for medical care.
The situation is “extremely terrible” for the family as well as for the town, as stated by the Mayor of Parkes, Ken Keith.
According to a spokeswoman for the SES, the most prevalent form of rescue was people who overestimated their capacity to drive in flooded areas.
It is recommended that travellers bring along some extra supplies, such as food and drink, in case their trips are delayed. Additionally, the SES is encouraging people to be aware that the roads they typically drive on may be flooded and inaccessible.