Man swept into river spends night in tree
A man has spent the night clinging to a tree after being swept into the swollen Brogo River in southeastern NSW.
SES crews retrieved the man from the river north of Bega on Tuesday morning.
Authorities say the man had been clinging to the tree from 6pm on Monday night before he was spotted about 4am on Tuesday and rescued an hour later.
The SES was told the man had "tried to cross the river on foot" before getting into trouble.
The man - thought to be in his 30s - was transported to South East Regional Hospital for observation after he was rescued. He was said to be "very disorientated".
Local SES commander Michelle De Friskbom says the man had been trying to check on some horses across the river when he was swept away on Monday evening.
A rescuer initially swam out to a tree about 10 metres from the riverbank with a line on Tuesday morning before a rope was thrown another five metres to the man clinging to his tree further into the river.
"With all the recent bushfire impacted areas, there was quite a lot of debris floating down the stream," Ms De Friskbom told ABC TV.
"So the gentleman was extremely lucky to be able to hang onto that tree for the amount of hours that he did and not have anything come down and wash him further downstream."
Bega Valley Shire Council on Tuesday warned: "Conditions in the Bega, Brogo, Bemboka and Towamba rivers and all surrounding creeks and waterways are dangerous this morning."
"Significant volumes of water and strong flows are still being experienced in some locations," the council said on Facebook.
The SES is imploring people not to enter floodwaters either in a car or on foot.
"We are still getting a number of flood rescues from people who are making poor decisions," a spokeswoman told AAP on Tuesday.
"Hopefully we are coming towards the end of the bad weather for the time being."
© AAP 2020