Ballina cop rescues skippy from Richmond River

Senior Constable Darren Pass commandeered a tinny to rescue a wallby drowning in the Richmond River.
Senior Constable Darren Pass commandeered a tinny to rescue a wallby drowning in the Richmond River. Contributed Facebook

A QUICK thinking Ballina senior constable commandeered a dinghy on Wednesday to rescue a wallaby from drowning in the Richmond River.

Hours after the rescue, police took to the Richmond Local Area Command Facebook page to announce "We Saved Skippy."

When a group of officers were walking to get their morning caffeine hit about 7am, they were called over to the river bank by a group of walkers.

"There, lying on the rocks at the edge of the river was an exhausted and saturated wallaby," Senior Constable Laleynya Ryan posted.

"Police were informed he had swum from Mobbs Bay and now was too tired to move."

When WIRES were called to rescue the sodden wallaby, things took a turn for the worse.

"WIRES were called but the wallaby got spooked and instead of jumping up onto dry land, Skippy went straight back in the drink," Snr Const Ryan posted

"He started swimming away and when 10 metres from the rocks, he simply stopped."

Fearing the worst, Senior Constable Darren Pass commandeered a nearby fisherman's tinny.

While the fisherman steered, Snr Const Pass pulled the wallaby from the river with a net borrowed from Australian Seabird Rescue.

WIRES volunteers were there to greet Snr Cnst Pass and the wallaby when they came ashore.

This is the second animal interaction this year for snr cnst Pass, after he relocated a snake from the carpark at Coles Ballina in January.


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