Submerged van in Tweed River

The Toyota van is pulled from the Tweed River in Bartletts Lane at Tumbulgum yesterday.
The Toyota van is pulled from the Tweed River in Bartletts Lane at Tumbulgum yesterday. Blainey Woodham

AN abandoned van partially submerged in the Tweed River gave a Murwillumbah mother and daughter the fright of their lives yesterday.

Leanne Burns had been accompanying her daughter, Ebony-Lea, on a driving lesson from Murwillumbah to Tweed Heads when they pulled into Bartletts Lane, off Tweed Valley Way at Tumbulgum, to answer a mobile phone call.

She said they were ‘scared stiff’ to see the rear end of a Toyota van sticking out from thewater. “It was very scary at first not knowing what was going on. We thought someone could have been stuck in there,” Mrs Burns said.

Police were called to the scene about 11am.

It is not known how long the van had been in the water before its discovery.

The van was eventually pulled from the river by South Tweed Towing after it had been checked out by a diver from the Tweed District Rescue Squad.

“It was still very nerve-racking, even as they pulled the van out of the river,” Mrs Burns said.

As of yesterday, the car had not been reported as stolen, police said.

The Tweed District Rescue Squad, Tweed Rural Fire Service, Tweed Heads Fire Service and the Murw-illumbah police all attended the incident.

In a separate incident yesterday, a car plunged down an embankment and was partly submerged in the Tweed River near Uki, a kilometre west of Doon Doon.

Two people were taken to hospital, one with head injuries, police said.

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