Farmer's miracle escape after getting trapped up to his nose in rising dam for two hours – before finally pulling his mouth free to scream for help in the nick of time

A MAN has had a lucky escape after enduring hours trapped in a dam with his head barely above the water before he was rescued.

Farmer Daniel Miller, 45, was pinned under a 3.5-tonne excavator which rolled in Charlotte Bay, New South Wales, following heavy rain yesterday.


He spent two hours trapped with just his nose and forehead above muddy water but managed to arch his back and get his mouth out to scream for help, Australian network 9 News reported.

Westpac Rescue Helicopter air crewman Graham Nickisson said Mr Miller had been crying out for help for two hours before a neighbour heard him and alerted emergency services.

Firefighters rushed to the scene to pump out water from the dam so Mr Miller could be freed.


Forster Fire and Rescue said the crew needed a "variety of equipment" including "crib blocks, a Tirfor winch and power hydraulic tools" for the rescue.

They said they used the essential tools to stabilise then lift the machine off the Mr Miller to free him safely

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Rescue crews said if it had rained while Mr Miler was trapped, he could have drowned.

Police said Mr Miller was "lucky to be alive".

Inspector Neil Stephens said: "He was trapped such that only just a part of his face was above the water, just his nose and his forehead was above the water"

Mr Miller was airlifted to John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle, Australia after for treatment to "minor back injuries" and hypothermia.

He remains in a stable condition.

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