A police sergeant who scrambled to rescue two boys who got swept away by a fast moving river in central west NSW has been hailed for his bravery.
The 11-year-old boys got swept about 60 metres away after jumping into the flood-affected Lachlan River near Condobolin on Saturday afternoon.
The boys managed to grasp onto a rope attached to an exposed log in the middle of the river and called for help from nearby campers at the local caravan park.
Emergency crews were called about 3.45pm following reports the boys had been swept away by a fast moving current, due to rising flood waters in the region.
Officers from the Central West Police District attended, along with members of the SES and Rural Fire Service.
When the boys yelled out to police they could not hold on any longer, Sergeant Hunter, buoyed by a life jacket and flotation device, swam out to the children and brought both of them back safely to the riverbank.
The pair were checked over by Ambulance paramedics before being returned to their parents.
Chief Inspector Peter Atkins, officer in charge of Orange Police Station, said he would commend Sgt Hunter for a bravery award.
“The heroic efforts of Sergeant Hunter in rescuing these two boys in a fast-moving flooded river should be commended,” Chief Inspector Atkins said.
“If not for the quick-thinking and courageous response from our police, the outcome could have been tragic for the families of these two boys,” Chief Inspector Atkins said.
The incident served as a timely reminder coming into summer, that people should avoid swimming in flood-affected rivers, as conditions are unpredictable, changeable and often dangerous, he added.