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Farmer helps rescue trapped drivers

Northland District Headquarters
88 Cameron Street, Whangarei
Wednesday July 9, 2014

A local Kawakawa farmer came to the rescue after two vehicles became trapped by flood waters during the storm that hit Northland last night.

About 6am this morning Senior Sergeant Peter Robinson came across two cars stranded by flood waters at the bottom of Lemon's Hill on State Highway 11, Kawakawa.

The drivers of both cars were trapped by the flood. At the same time local farmer Harry Shepherd was coming along in his tractor to move some cows.

Mr Robinson asked Mr Shepherd to help rescue the trapped people.
Mr Robinson has then climbed into the front end loader of the tractor and Mr Shepherd has driven slowly towards the cars.

By this time the water was about one metre deep and still rising. The current was moving quite quickly, so urgent action was needed to get the people out.
Mr Shepherd drove the tractor into the flood water and Mr Robinson stood in the loader and pulled the people to safety.
As he managed to get the female driver from her car, the car floated off.

Mr Shepherd said the police officer did really well.
"He was very careful and managed to calm the lady down as he got near her. He convinced her to get into the bucket with him, which wasn't easy. Her car got taken away by the current just after we got her in. I was glad to help out. It really made my day."

Acting Far North Area Commander Senior Sergeant Rhys Johnston said Mr Shepherd is a "hero farmer".

"The situation had the potential to become very serious"

Mr Shepherd, aged 74 years, has lived in the area for 51 years and this is the second time he has come to the rescue during floods.
In the 100-year flood of 2007 Mr Shepherd got up in the night to rescue a group that had been washed away in their vehicle.

The river had flooded all the paddocks and the car was stranded out in the middle. On that occasion the river was too deep for a tractor, so Mr Shepherd took his boat out and motored across to rescue the group one at a time.


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