Lucky Escape

after Blue Lake Crash

Lucky Escape

A man has escaped serious injury after his car left the road and crashed into the Blue Lake at Mt Gambier overnight.

Just after 11.30pm on Friday 3 August, police and emergency services crews were called to the top of Bay Road just past the Blue Lake lookout after a ute careered through a guard rail and fence and plunged down the steep embankment surrounding the lake.

Rescue crews used a boat and located the ute a Mitsubishi Triton partly submerged, the driver of the ute was eventually located half way down the steep slope, he had been ejected from the car before it hit the water.

The 22-year-old man from the State's South East was miraculously uninjured from the crash, it was several hours before rescuers were able to lower him into a rescue boat.

He is currently in the local hospital getting checked over and having blood taken, but he appears to escaped injury.

Police wish to thank the volunteers and emergency services people including the Rescue Helicopter from Warrnambool Victoria that attended, for all their assistance in the incident which took nearly five hours to complete in cold conditions.

For local motorists Bay Road will remain closed for several hours.