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SES volunteer saves couple from drowning

Published 24/08/2012

Victoria State Emergency Service (SES) volunteer Keith Blackman saved two people from a car as it sank into an irrigation channel this morning.

He says he did what anyone else would have done. Keith Blackman rescue

Mr Blackman, who is the Controller of SES’ North-West Support Unit, was driving to work at 5.44am along McCallum Street in Swan Hill when the vehicle in front of him veered off the road and over an embankment, plunging into the channel.

When he got out of his car, Mr Blackman called Triple Zero as he discovered the vehicle had sunk below the surface, and heard a woman screaming for help from the passenger seat.

He entered the water and helped the woman roll down her window and escape the vehicle. Once she was safe she told Mr Blackman her husband was still inside the car. Mr Blackman re-entered the water and returned to the submerged vehicle, opening the car door and dragging the man to the surface.

He waited in the water with the man until police arrived.

The man, 36, is believed to have been suffering from a medical condition.

Mr Blackman, who has volunteered with the SES since he was 12, said he hadn’t done anything special.

“It’s just something that happens. If you see something like that, you have to do something,” he said.