Reporter photographs dramatic water rescue video

Stuff.co.nz

Fairfax reporter, Simon Maude, witnessed the moment police freed a woman from a sinking car.

Reporter Simon Maude found himself at the centre of the news when he was caught up in the dramatic rescue of a woman whose car had gone in to Auckland Harbour.

Maude was near Northcote Pt on another reporting job when he was alerted to the unfolding drama.

As well as helping with the rescue, the dramatic photos he took of the action have appeared on Stuff and been used by news organisations around the world.

Here he talks about what happened:

It was just by chance that I captured other people's selfless bravery saving a woman's life.

At first what I heard sounded familiar enough. Unseen, shouting voices drifted up to me while I was covering a story and taking shots of Auckland Harbour Bridge.

Kids jumping off the Northcote Pt wharf I thought.

But the shouts got louder.

Through the pohutukawas I spotted people in the water around a sinking car.

READ MORE:

Cops modest after rescue
How to get out of a sinking car

Ad Feedback

As I raced down the steps I thought, 'some silly bugger's getting a hand saving his car'.

Getting closer I saw two policemen and two other men were trying to save a woman's life.

Getting into the water wasn't going to help, the police were calmly doing their best to break into the car — so I took photos.

On a rising tide the other rescuers were holding up the back of the sinking car trying to give the trapped woman breathing space.

Seconds passed and it was clear the constables' batons couldn't break the window.

I put down my camera and asked them what could I do.

"Get a rock!" one shouted.

It took a couple of goes, everything seemed to be cemented down, but I found one and handed it to Constable Watts.

The rest of the story is told in the pictures.

THE INCREDIBLE RESCUE OF WOMAN TRAPPED IN CAR (Photos: SIMON MAUDE/Fairfax NZ)

An officer wades into the water to reach the car.

Another officer gets into the water while his colleague tries to break a window in the car.

An officer prepares to smash the window.

The woman climbs to safety.

Officers help her escape the car.

The car continues to sink as police pull the woman out.

The woman is carried to shore.

The car sits below the water.

 - Stuff

Ad Feedback
special offers
Auckland

Crown to appeal Pora decision

Teina Pora was awarded the $2.5 million compensation package in June.

Teina Pora has been battling the Crown for 10 years - and now that fight looks set to continue.

Labour makes small gains in east

Labour Party candidates in the 2017 general election for Botany and Pakuranga respectively, Tofik Mamedov and Barry ...

Jacinda Ardern-mania didn't sweep across East Auckland electorates, but Labour improved on its 2014 results.

All Blacks close community pool

01022017 news photo SUPPLIED. Liam and Tara Saber contemplate a run across the tricky lily pads, at Albany Stadium Pool.

A popular community swimming pool has faced multiple closures in the first nine months of operation.

Nikki Kaye works on pledges

Auckland Central and Waiheke MP Nikki Kaye is heading to the island this week.

Re-elected MP Nikki Kaye says she'll be wasting no time over honouring promises.

Wellington

From ridicule to Riversdale

Spectators watching a surf carnival at Riversdale in the early 1960s.

One man's dream led to a holiday spot now enjoyed by generations.

Woman attacked in HB

An 83-year-old man was arrested in relation to the assault.

An 83-year-old man offered the woman fruit before he assaulted her, police say.

Cops tracking escaper

A man has escaped his probation officer in Wellington and is now on the run from police.

Man on run from Wellington police being tracked every step of the way by electronic anklet.

Cycleway solution? video

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester believes his compromise is "common sense" solution for the layout of The Parade.

Wellington now plans to spend $4.1m on new solution to solve Island Bay debacle.

Canterbury

Murder a case of 'mistaken identity'

The body of Marcus Luke Tucker, 36, was found bound and wrapped in carpet near Lake Ellesmere on Anzac Day 2016.

Marcus Luke Tucker's nickname was "Ruckus" - one he unluckily shared with a thief.

Severe gales, lightning

Ten thousand lightning strikes were recorded in two hours on Monday morning.

Winds topple truck, storms bring over 26,000 lightning strikes, while heavy rain hits parts of NZ.

Tree falls on car

A woman has been seriously injured after a tree fell on a car in Canterbury. (File photo)

A woman is seriously injured after a tree fell on her car in Canterbury.

Chch's Marshland Rd reopens

A crash between two trucks closed Marshland Rd to southbound traffic for a short time on Monday morning. (File photo)

A collision between two trucks briefly blocked southbound traffic.

Waikato

Preparing for peak kitten

Waikato SPCA expects to help at least 3000 animals this calendar year, many of them kittens.

Breeding season is getting longer and this year is expected to be the busiest yet.

Search for fisherman

The fisher has been swept off the rocks at Papanui Point, near Ruapuke Beach, Raglan.

Emergency services are searching for person who fell into the water at Ruapuke, near Raglan.

Powered parachute crashes

The powered parachute crashed on takeoff.

Man in powered parachute crashed on take-off, hitting a metal bollard.

Man struck by tree dies

The man was out chainsawing trees when one fell and struck him. He died at the scene.

Man chainsawing on a rural Coromandel property has died after a tree fell on him.

Taranaki

New lattes: Novelty or nutritional?

Turmeric and beetroot lattes are becoming popular but won't be replacing anyone's flat white or cappuccino any time soon.

Turmeric and beetroot lattes are trendy and tasty but aren't a miracle health cure.

'I want my pig back'

The wild pig that had been wandering around New Plymouth has been caught and will be taken to live on a farm.

A suburban sow gone wild has been caught, but her owner will huff and puff for the return of the piggy, pig, pig.

Taranaki lifesavers scoop awards

250917 News Photo. SIMON O'CONNOR/STUFF
Todd Velvin won the DHL Instructor of the year award at the Surf Life Saving awards.

Todd Velvin, DHL Instructor of the Year, says surf lifesaving is "pretty hard" to give up.

Memory walk for dementia

24092017 News GRANT MATTHEW/STUFF

A memory walk for Alzheimer's disease travelled along the coastal walkway in New ...

More than 200 people went on a memory walk for Alzheimer's Disease in New Plymouth on Sunday.

Manawatu

Loud jets irk residents video

Sanson resident Bill Tooley points to where fighter jets have been flying over his home.

Could howling pets and shaking houses become the new norm in Sanson?

The election awards

Palmerston North MP Iain Lees-Galloway was the big winner in Manawatū on election night.

OPINION: The election results are in, but who were the real winners in Manawatū?

Man in Horowhenua crash named

The scene of the crash at Ōhau, where a motorist died when his ute collided with a northbound train.

Police release name of man who died after his ute crashed into a train in Horowhenua

Lido gym takes over ATP site

Community Leisure Management coordinator Sheree McLean and manager Lynden Noakes are excited by the acquisition of the ...

New facility for Lido gym provides more space for high-intensity workouts.

Nelson

Addicted to ultimate card game

Ray Cannell is a passionate Bridge player.

There's only one game for Nelson man Ray Cannell.

Life-changing loss

15092017 NEWS PHOTO BRADEN FASTIER / NELSON MAIL
Margaret Lacy holds a picture of her late husband Peter Lacy who had ...

Dementia affects tens of thousands of Kiwis, eventually taking everything from them.

Wet spring for region

It's been a wet September in the Nelson/Tasman region, with higher than average rainfall.

Spring starts out on the wrong foot in Nelson but it's not all bad news.

Food with a view

Chef Prateek Rawat from the Slip Inn cafe in Havelock.

Havelock's Slip Inn serves up a waterfront view with plenty of entertainment from the nearby boat ramp.

Marlborough

Love is wild

Rebecca Stoner, a florist at Forget Me Not, left, and Jessica Bunting, designer at Betty and Co, work on one of their al ...

It can be pretty wild trying to organise a wedding, especially these days.

Looking to the future

National's Stuart Smith, centre, celebrates with his family, from left, Hugo Smith, Fenella Smith, Julie Smith and Louis ...

As results are revealed, what's next for the winners and losers?

Librarian appeals apology order

Former Rai Valley Area School librarian Faye Leov in 2010 after receiving an apology from the school board for her ...

A former school librarian behind a defamatory letter claiming her former boss was a bully is to appeal a judge's decision to make her apologise.

Care switch 'upsetting'

Pamela Duffy has built up a close relationship with her carers, who will no longer be visiting her at home after the ...

For the past two years, she has built up a relationship with her carers. Next week, she may never see them again.

South Canterbury

Call for model plane size limits

South Canterbury Model Aero Club vice-president Robbie Hellewell launches his Parkzone Visionair AS3X aircraft into the ...

Safety concerns prompt SC Aero Club to call for more rules around model aeroplanes.

High winds, power out

A power pole was on fire on Ealing Montalto Rd on Monday morning. MetService meteorologist John Law said inland South ...

Motorists warned to take care as South Canterbury hit by high winds, heavy rain.

Hotel granted consent

Plans for the hotel on Lakeside Drive, in Tekapo.

New luxury Tekapo hotel a step closer after being granted resource consent.

Mechanics recall bygone era

Former workmates, from left, Bernie Foster, Allan Averis and Gordon Hutcheon check out some of the old tractor models ...

Three former Timaru colleagues take a trip down memory lane.

Otago

Family 'wrecked' as search suspended

Police are still appealing for sightings of missing Dunedin man Stephen Lowe.

The search for missing man Stephen Lowe has been suspended.

Two MPs for Clutha-Southland

Clutha-Southland New Zealand First candidate Mark Patterson watches his leader Winston Peters, give his coalition speech ...

Clutha-Southland has a new New Zealand First MP, Lawrence farmer Mark Patterson.

Revealing ancient and heavenly stories at Cardrona

Cardrona astronomy guide Alex Thom peers through Cardrona's new telescope.

Cardrona Alpine Resort is reaching for the skies with its new visitor attraction.

Flames beat back rescuers

The fire was in one unit in a block of four.

Neighbours reportedly tried to rescue the occupant of a Dunedin flat where a person died overnight.

Southland

Farmer losing land to flooding river

Te Waewae Bay farmer Thomas O'Brien is facing the loss of about 22 hectares of his family farm as water from the Waiau ...

Thomas O'Brien faces loss of 22 hectares of his family farm as water from the local river continues to flood his property.

Family 'wrecked' as search suspended

Police are still appealing for sightings of missing Dunedin man Stephen Lowe.

The search for missing man Stephen Lowe has been suspended.

And then there were four

Mark Patterson: secure at 7th.

Southland will have four MPs. How much influence is that?

South's election night

It was all smiles for Invercargill MP Sarah Dowie, pictured here with her husband Mark Billcliff.

Invercargill will have two MPs in Parliament, Labour's Liz Craig and National's Sarah Dowie.

Ad Feedback