A woman has been rescued from a car that crashed and was sinking at Dee Why.

Just after 12.30am this morning (Sunday, 24 March), emergency services responded to reports of a car that had left Pittwater Road, Dee Why, and crashed into the creek next to Dee Why Oval.

Car crash into creek at Dee Why

Multiple units of NSW Police, NSW Ambulance Intensive Care Paramedics, and firefighters from Dee Why and Narrabeen Stations responded to the single vehicle incident, arriving on scene within minutes.

Car crash into creek at Dee Why

They found the car had driven off the main road at a bend opposite Dee Why Lagoon, northbound just past Lismore Avenue. The car had crashed through bushes and reeds before entering the creek and coming to rest, then starting to sink.

Car crash into creek at Dee Why

As the silver VW Golf hatch began to submerge, officers from Northern Beaches Police Area Command arrived on scene and rushed into the murky water to check the vehicle.

Car crash into creek at Dee Why

They found the driver and sole occupant of the car, a woman in her 60s, was still inside and unable to exit the vehicle.

As cars begin to sink in water, pressure on the outside of a vehicle can make it difficult for the occupants to open the doors as they submerge.

Car crash into creek at Dee Why

One of the officers is understood to have gone into the water and used a police baton to break a window to help free the woman from inside the car. Once the woman was free by 12.50am, the car quickly submerged fully.

Car crash into creek at Dee Why

The Northern Beaches Advocate was on scene as paramedics assessed the woman, who other than being shaken by the ordeal, did not appear to have been injured. She was taken to Northern Beaches Hospital in a stable condition for further observation just after 1.00am.

Car crash into creek at Dee Why

The actions of Probationary Constable Kiesha McJannet, to enter the creek and save the woman from drowning, were praised by Northern Beaches Police Area Command Duty Officer, Acting Inspector Adrian De Visser.

“Probationary Constable McJannet has only been in the New South Wales Police Force since June 2023 — her selfless actions of entering the water and saving a woman from a precarious position is deserving of praise,” said Acting Inspector Adrian De Visser.

Car crash into creek at Dee Why

Fully submerged in the water, the vehicle was left in place overnight so that a salvage operation could be conducted in daylight by specialist tow or crane.

Police did not respond to a query about whether the woman was subject to a roadside breath test, but it would be standard protocol for her to undergo mandatory testing in hospital following the incident.

Images: Northern Beaches Advocate, Luke Gavahan

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