A man is lucky to be alive after an excavator he was operating, toppled into a dam on the mid north coast, pinning him with his head just centimetres above water.
The 45-year-old man was working on his property at Charlotte Bay, south of Forster around 1.00pm.
Quick thinking emergency services personnel began pumping out the dam while paramedics worked to free the patient.
It took around two hours to free the man who was transferred to the waiting Westpac Rescue helicopter.
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