Nailbiting moment hero boatie saves two houseboats from being crushed by a shipping container surging down a raging river in Sydney’s huge floods
- A fast acting skipper gently pushed the container off line with his own boat
- The blue shipping container had already smashed a barge off line on its way
- He saved the container from causing major damage to over a dozen other boats
- Numerous evacuation warnings were issued in the area by NSW SES today
Over a dozen houseboats were saved by a quick-thinking skipper who stopped a floating container from crushing the marina.
The floating shipping container was surging down the Hawkesbury River at Webbs Creek Ferry, north west of Sydney.
Incredible footage shows the blue shipping container on a destructive path towards the houseboats before the vessel about half its size drives towards it and gently guides it away.
The skipper was left with only a few metres between the container and the houseboats
The container that one viewer said weighed over four tonne was on a path of destruction
Footage shows the massive container hitting the Webbs Creek Ferry barge and visibly moving it before it continues down stream towards the houseboats.
The fast-acting skipper put his boat between the container and the marina to save more than a dozen houseboats.
Record floods and rainfall hits the NSW east coast resulting in many evacuation warnings.
Today, NSW SES issued another flood evacuation warning for residents located in the lower reaches along the Hawkesbury River from Wisemans Ferry to Brooklyn.
Before the boat was stopped from hitting the houseboats it crashed into this barge and moved it off line
The much smaller boat gently let the container drift on past the marina without endangering of the other boats
NSW SES issued evacuation warnings as there has been widespread flooding in the Hawkesbury area
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she is worried about ‘worsening conditions’ set to hit parts of the state again today with the Hawkesbury and Colo River areas now the primary areas of concern, 9News reported.
‘About 18,000 people have been evacuated,’ she said.
‘An additional 15,000 people may need to be evacuated.’
Ms Berejiklian said ‘massive water flows’ are expected in rivers through the week, even after the rain stops
NSW SES have begun using surf life saving boats to navigate their way around on the overflowing Hawkesbury River