Man honoured for saving women trapped in underwater van

BOWRAL man Stephen Pinczi has been commended for brave conduct following his rescue of two women from a submerged van in the Richmond River at Wardell.

Mr Pinczi was driving with his family along the Pacific Hwy on November 9, 2012, when he saw the people mover vehicle driving ahead veer off the road.

The vehicle sped off the highway and through bushland before crashing into the river.

Mr Pinczi immediately pulled his car to the side of the road, told his wife to call 000, and ran about 80m to where the van had entered the water.

He jumped in the water but by the time he reached the vehicle it was completely submerged.

Mr Pinczi swam down to the van several times and managed to free the injured female driver and bring her to the surface.

Once she was out of the water, Mr Pinczi returned to the van to bring the second woman, who was disabled, to the surface where he was helped by other people to bring her to the river bank.

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