Reporter photographs dramatic water rescue video

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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.

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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

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