Breakers coach Vickerman's bus crash rescue

MICHAEL FIELD
Last updated 16:32 10/07/2013
Dean Vickerman
"We were just grabbing people": Breakers coach Dean Vickerman.

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Breakers coach Dean Vickerman threw himself into a swollen stream to save the victims of a bus crash in Samoa.

Two girls, aged 5 and 12, died and 25 people were injured after the bus they were travelling in was hit by floodwaters on Saturday and torn apart.

The bus driver had thought he could push through the flood waters in Lano, Savai'i, but the current was too strong, police said.

TVNZ reported that Vickerman, who was travelling along the same route in another bus, had waded into the stream to rescue the passengers.

"There was torrential rain and it just got to a point where it was ferocious," he told TVNZ.

"We'd made a decision not to go, but the bus behind us just went for it and we all put our heads out the window to see what would happen.

"It got about halfway across and then got washed into the ocean - flipped over, roof came off. My two brothers-in-law - we just ran to help and jumped in the water.

"We were just grabbing people. At first, we were just fighting against the current, but we couldn't - we were getting pushed out ourselves.

"For me, the scariest part was, if that bus had made it, would our group have been tempted to go. That's the kind of thing that kept going through my mind."

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