Two Canterbury teenagers are being hailed as heroes after
they pulled an unconscious driver from a submerged ute in
Lincoln last night.
The Toyota Hilux was travelling south on River Rd between
Lincoln and Greenpark when it veered off the road and crashed
into the Halswell River at about 5.40pm.
Liam Robinson and Angus Bailey, both 14, were close by and
heard the accident.
Senior Constable Jim Manning said the pair biked immediately
to the scene where they found the vehicle in the river, with
the car partly submerged.
"They jumped in and found the driver unconscious and slumped
forward in the driver's seat, with his head under water," Mr
"The two of them have managed to free the driver, open the
cab door and pull him out, and pull him up on to the bank.
They also checked the cab in case there was anybody else
Manning said the boys showed "incredible presence of mind"
and there was no doubt their actions helped to save the
The driver was taken to Christchurch Hospital with concussion
and moderate injuries, and his condition today was described
as comfortable, police said.
Police are investigating the crash.
- Herald Online