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Published on Mar 4, 2012
Bathurst SES (New South Wales, State Emergency Service), conducting a two part scenario for floodwater awareness training within the unit, but also for the use of the wider public. The dummy used in the scenarios weighs about 60kg and is lifelike in terms of weight and bouyancy. This exercise was carried out about 30 hours after the Macquarie River peaked at 5.7 metres. This exercise was conducted at the low level bridge in George St Bathurst on Sunday 4th March 2012. The exercise was to see how a lifelike dummy would respond and behave when caught in the hydraulic stopper or hole formed at the downstream side of the bridge. A second scenario was then performed showing what happens when a person or dummy is trapped downstream against a bridge, pipe or drain. The test speaks for itself. If you fell in and were caught against the bridge you would have no hope. The dummy was immediately sucked down. It was then moved about 10 metres further across the river undewater where it exited about 5 minutes later close to where the dummy was caught in the stopper in the first scenario. We were not expecting this lateral movement before the dummy passed under the bridge.
Do Not play, swim or walk in Flood Waters. This video is dramatic evidence of what happens.