A Tasmanian couple and their three-month-old baby survived being caught in severe floodwaters by taking shelter in an abandoned car until police were able to rescue them.

Latrobe woman Megan Krawczyk, her fiancé Michael and their baby boy were forced to flee their home as water started coming up the driveway at 5am, reports ABC NEWS.

But their car was washed away after becoming caught in the flood and wedged against a fence, she told ABC Hobart.

As the car filled up with water, Ms Krawczyk called police as her husband started swimming for an abandoned car they had driven past.

“If it wasn’t for that abandoned car, and my partner being able to get me out of the water, because it was so strong, we wouldn’t be alive today,” she said.

“My three-month-old, he’s such a survivor, he’s such a trooper, and my partner managed to get through those waters, three times.”

Once inside the abandoned car, the trio were able to wait for rescue by a local police officer in a 4WD.

“It’s still so surreal,” she told 936 ABC Hobart.

“We are an absolute miracle, we are alive, we lost our car, we’ve lost a few possessions in our house.”

The floods in Tasmania are the worst experienced in 90 years. It has been terrifying with lives and property’s lost.

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  • They are extremely lucky that they managed to escape to a safe spot until help arrived. Also that the abandoned car wasn’t locked. When floods are really sudden especially after dark it would be easy to get trapped.


  • That would be so frightening.


  • What a blessing they are safe and well


  • How terrifying I’m sure it’s a story they will never forget. I’m glad the family is safe and well. It’s something you wouldn’t expect to happen.


  • Wow, how scary for them – glad they are ok!


  • gosh how scary and lucky for them. god bless


  • Thank God for that abandoned car, it’s a miracle indeed they survived !!


  • I’m so glad they survived.how acary


  • I’m so glad they managed to save themselves. How terrifying it must have been!!


  • This sounds like it would have been a terrifying situation to be in. So glad they were able to find shelter and survive.


  • Lucky the famiy survived the floods,it coud have been alot worse.


  • So happy to hear their now safe. The toll has been devastating.


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