Shocked onlookers have rushed to the assistance of an elderly man whose car ploughed into Narrabeen Lagoon.

Shortly before 10.15pm last night (Wednesday, 04 May) emergency services were called to a report that a vehicle had been driven into Narrabeen Lagoon at Pittwater Road, North Narrabeen. Shocked onlookers rushed into the water to assist the sole occupant, an 83-year-old man, out of the vehicle.

Car launches into lagoon near 7-Eleven

The man had reportedly been at the 7-Eleven convenience store directly across the road from the lagoon and lost control of the vehicle, reversing it across busy Pittwater Road. The out-of-control vehicle avoided a collision with cars on the main road and trees on the bank of the lagoon before it plunged into the water with the driver trapped inside.

FRNSW vehicles arrive at Narrabeen Lagoon

With emergency services alerted and en route, bystanders went to the immediate assistance of the man, helping him ashore just as firefighters from nearby Narrabeen Station and NSW Police officers arrived on scene.

The man was assessed by NSW Ambulance paramedics and determined to have escaped injury, thanks to the quick action of the bystanders who assisted him from the vehicle, which quickly filled with water.

Car recoivered from Narrabeen Lagoon

With the elderly driver safely ashore, a small crowd gathered to watch the recovery operation with NSW Police and Fire and Rescue NSW crews assisting a tow truck to winch the waterlogged vehicle from the lagoon. Care was taken to keep the vehicle upright to avoid a fuel spill into the lagoon.

The man’s daughter arrived to collect him and take him home just after 11.15pm, and the vehicle was safely removed from the lagoon shortly before 11.30pm.

Images: Northern Beaches Advocate

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