The hero officer takes off his underpants to save two boys from the flooded NSW river

A police officer has taken off his underwear and dived into a flooded river to single-handedly rescue two boys in the central west New South Wales.

Sergeant Joel Hunter is praised for his courage after he jumped into the Lachlan River near Condoblin on Saturday afternoon and pulled the 11-year-old to safety.

The boys had gone for a swim when they were quickly swept about 60 feet away by the fast-moving stream.

One of the boys clings to a rope hung on a tree in the fast-flowing river. (Nine)

The boys managed to grab a rope attached to a exposed tree trunk in the middle of the river and called for help to nearby campers at a caravan park.

Emergency workers received a call for help at 3:45 p.m., and officers from the Central West Police District participated along with members of the SES and Rural Fire Department.

SES Condoblin Unit Commander Susan Bennett said police and SES arrived at the scene in less than four minutes.

Sergeant Joel Hunter stands at the scene where he rescued the two boys. (Nine)

“When we arrived, we found two young boys hanging in a rope in the middle of fast-flowing water,” she said.

The boys shouted that they could not stand it any longer.

Sergeant Hunter told 9News he quickly took off his underpants, put on a life jacket and jumped in.

He swam out to the kids and brought both boys back to the riverbank, and they all three escaped injury.

It saved couples on the riverbank after the dramatic ordeal. (Nine)

Sergeant Hunter said he understood the flow of the stream and was able to navigate around it.

Chief Inspector Peter Atkins, the officer in charge of Orange Police Station, said he would praise Sergeant Hunter for a bravery award.

“Sergeant Hunter’s heroic efforts to rescue these two boys in a fast-moving flooded river should be commended,” said Chief Inspector Atkins.

“If not for the quick and courageous response from our police, the result could have been tragic for the families of these two boys.

SES Condoblin Unit Commander Susan Bennett pictured on the banks of the Lachlan River where the rescue took place.
SES Condoblin Unit Commander Susan Bennett pictured on the banks of the Lachlan River where the rescue took place. (Nine)
The flooded river flowed fast.
The flooded river flowed fast. (Nine)

“It serves as a timely reminder when summer comes that people should avoid swimming in flooded rivers as conditions are unpredictable, changeable and often dangerous.”

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