NSW Police officers have braved rising floodwaters to save a man as his ute was swallowed by the climbing river in Sydney's north west.
A witness had come down to the river at South Windsor after breakfast and spotted a dark object in the distance stuck in the water, and a flicker of light in the window alerted him to the fact someone was trapped inside.
"I rang the police and they were here within minutes," David Malone said.
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"They didn't even think twice, they jumped in and they were neck high in water.
"I could see a light going through the back, they must have been able to show they are inside."
The police officers, two of them probationary constables, flew into the water to save the man who was stuck inside the ute as the river rose around him.
"He said he only had six inches between the water rising and the roof and the pressure against the car door, he couldn't get it open," Probationary Constable Lindsay Morgan said.
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One officer picked up a rock while the other two used their batons to smash into the car.
"You just don't know what is under the water, crossing fences you couldn't even see.. at one point we were swimming across a lake," Probationary Constable Ryan Blume-Poulton said.
In the video, the police officers can be heard telling the man they are about the smash the window.
"Alright I'm going to smash the window, look the other way and close your eyes," they said.
They tried to smash the window with no luck before noticing the door was cracked.
"I noticed the door had been cracked, he had tried to open it, enough to get our fingertips in and we managed to open the door," one of the officers said.
The rescue took seven terrifying minutes before police brought the man to safety.
"They definitely would have drowned," Malone said.
"We needed to get to him, that's what we are there for, that's what we signed up for, he needed us and there was no one else," an officer said.
Meanwhile, the flood disaster in Sydney's north-west continues despite the rainfall easing the floodwaters have caused extensive destruction.