Police praise holiday drivers

Police have praised the actions of drivers over the Easter long weekend, with minimal incidents reported.

“We’ve had every available resource out there and everybody is reporting back that driver behaviour is excellent,” Latrobe Highway Patrol Sergeant Clint Wilson said.

“Today, our challenge will be getting everybody home, but I have a feeling the amount of traffic going home will not be as great as normal because of the Anzac Day long weekend.”

As of Monday morning, the Highway Patrol reported three car crashes since Tuesday when a two-car collision at the Maryvale Road and Crinigan Road intersection in Morwell left one person with minor injuries, while a crash at the intersection of Lloyd and Wirraway streets in Moe left a 53 year-old man and 18 year-old woman from Moe with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.

On Saturday, an off-road motorcyclist, believed to be riding without a helmet, fell off their bike at the Lake Narracan car park on South Shore Road and sustained facial injuries.

Police are extending their traffic operation until this weekend because of Anzac Day and the potential for holiday-makers to have extended their trips.

Valley helicopter saves the day

An air ambulance helicopter rescued four people from the water near McLoughlins beach in South Gippsland.

The Latrobe Valley-based helicopter and paramedics from Yarram and Sale were called to the beach at 8am on Good Friday after the three adults and a child ended up in the water when their boat started sinking.

Intensive care flight paramedic Ben Meadley was winched down from the ambulance helicopter to rescue the group.

“As we were overhead I could see two people who didn’t have life jackets on were still in the boat, and two others wearing life jackets were clinging to the boat,” Mr Meadley said.

“There were large waves sweeping over the boat and over the four people. The four were quite cold and shivering and had been in the water for about 30 minutes.”

One of the four was suffering mild hypothermia.