A woman has been swept away in fast-running Melbourne rapids as she tried to rescue her dog from the deep water.
The 29-year-old was walking her dog, Minka, near the Werribee River about 1.30pm on Boxing Day when the animal strayed into the deep water.
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The woman went after Minka and lost her footing near Redgum Close.
She was swept about 20 metres downstream.
A passer-by saw the pair in trouble and raised the alarm.
Search and rescue teams as well as the water police and SES rushed to the scene and coordinated a complex rescue. Credit: Victoria Police
Search and rescue teams, as well as water police and SES, rushed to the scene and coordinated a complex rescue.
Footage shows the woman and Minka being pulled from the water and onto the riverbank.
Neither the dog nor her owner was seriously injured.
However, two people died on Tuesday in wild weather that has wreaked havoc in Victoria.
A woman died when flash flooding hit a campground in Buchan.
“Police were told a number of vehicles in the campground area were underwater and a number of people were safely retrieved from a nearby bridge,” police said in a statement on Tuesday night.
The woman was found dead at 6.45pm, and she is yet to be formally identified.
Footage shows the woman being pulled from the water and onto the riverbank. Credit: Victoria Police
Earlier on Tuesday, a man was killed after a branch fell on his property in Caringal.
“Emergency services provided medical assistance however the 44-year-old Bunyip man died at the scene,” Victoria Police said in a statement.
The state continued to be battered by thunderstorms and remained on flood watch on Boxing Day after a wet Christmas.
Flood warnings remain across parts of the state, including for the Avoca River as floods are likely to peak at seven metres on Wednesday morning.
The State Emergency Service has responded to more than 1000 assistance requests over the past three days.
The bulk of the calls came from Frankston, Shepparton, Bendigo and the state’s west but the focus was expected to shift to the east with a number of flood warnings issued, SES state agency commander Alistair Drayton said.
Downed trees, particularly across roads, as well as water entering houses made up a large number of the calls.
– With AAP