By Matt Bungard, Sidney Morning Herald:
The pilot of a helicopter contracted to the Rural Fire Service has survived after ditching the aircraft in a reservoir in the Bega Valley Shire.
The RFS has confirmed that the pilot was on his way to help fight the Border fire, which has crossed into Victoria and merged with other fires around it, creating a massive blaze of more than 150,000 hectares and threatening places such as Eden, Wonboyn, Kiah and Narrabarba on the NSW South Coast.
The water-bombing helicopter had initially been assisting efforts to fight the Clyde Mountain fire, one of a series of massive blazes in the South Coast area. It is more than 80,000 hectares in size.
The pilot was refilling the helicopter’s water supply about 4pm when it crashed.
He swam to shore where he was tended to by paramedics.
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