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WHALE SPOTTED IN CROWDY HEAD

There were fears a Southern Right whale spotted on the edge of Crowdy Head this morning had become trapped. Keen-eyed observers saw barnacle-like features on its back and a lack of bounce to its swim, and suggested it might be in distress. Thankfully, the creature moved on and didn’t require any assistance. (VISION ONLY)  

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WOMAN CHARGED OVER FATAL MID NORTH COAST CRASH

A 71-year-old woman has been charged, over a fatal crash on the Bucketts Way west of Taree. The incident, which claimed the life of a 23-year-old man, happened in the late afternoon on June 6, when a Suburu Outback collided head-on with a Toyota Land Crusier. The driver of the outback died at the scene, while the 71-year-old behind the wheel of the Land Cruiser was taken to John Hunter Hospital for treatment. Following an investigation, the driver of the Land Crusier was charged with negligent driving occasioning death. She is set to face court in in early September.

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LUCKY ESCAPE FOR YACHTSMAN NEAR COFFS HARBOUR

There was a lucky escape near Coffs Harbour this morning, with a 61-year-old man forced to abandon his sinking yacht after it lost its keel near Mylestom. Emergency services were alerted to the incident at around 1am, after the vessel started to take on water. The vessel coming aground on North Beach, with the skipper, who was travelling from Tasmania to Brisbane, making it to shore. He was taken to Coffs Harbour Hospital for treatment.

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WHITE RIBBON DAY LAUNCH IN TAREE

Manning Great Lakes Police District launched its white ribbon initiative in Taree today, raising awareness for domestic violence by encouraging the community to knit Australia’s largest white ribbon. The finished product will be displayed at Club Taree Golf Course on November 23 before it’s pulled apart and stitched into blankets to provide assistance to domestic violence victims. (VISION ONLY)

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ELDERLY DRIVER ESCAPES INJURY AFTER EMBANKMENT CRASH

An elderly driver had a lucky escape today, when his vehicle plunged more than 40 metres down an embankment in Port Macquarie. Police say the 80-year-old man was heading along Pacific Drive when he suffered a medical episode. His Toyota Corolla veered off the road, before careering through a streel barricade and down the headland at Oxley Beach Reserve… stopping metres from the busy coastal walk. The man managed to get himself out of the car before being treated by paramedics. He was taken to Port Macquarie Hospital for assessment.

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MAN’S LUCKY ESCAPE AFTER CAR CRASHES DOWN EMBANKMENT

A male driver has had a very lucky escape this morning, after crashing his car down an embankment at Port Macquarie. Shortly after 11am, emergency crews were called to Oxley Beach Reserve following reports a car had left Pacific Drive and may have gone over a cliff. It’s believed the man blacked out at the wheel, before his vehicle ploughed through about 40 metres of bush, coming to rest just metres from the cliff edge. BREAKING: There are reports a car has driven off a cliff at Oxley Beach Reserve in Port Macquarie. Emergency crews have recently arrived on the scene. @nbnnews pic.twitter.com/wbwj1odN24 — Jessica Nagel (@Jess_Nagel) July 25, 2018 The man is being treated at the scene by paramedics.

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