Devastating news out of flood-stricken northern NSW this afternoon, with a mother and two children missing after their car was swept into floodwaters.
Emergency services were called to Dulguigan Road near Tumbulgum at about 1.40pm after a child in the car managed to escape and raise the alarm with residents at a nearby property.
Witnesses have reported seeing a little girl aged around 9 or 10 years old running along the road screaming that her mum, little sister and older brother had gone into the river in the car.
The child was taken to Tweed Heads Hospital for bruises and cuts and was being cared for by family members.
Another young witness, Sophie Grinham, said she saw the girl's father respond to the pleas. "The husband came down, and dad and two other boys just jumped into the water and couldn't dive deep enough," she told Seven.
Police using sonar equipment have now found that car about five metres from the northern river bank at around 325pm on Monday afternoon.
A police operation is underway to recover the three occupants of that vehicle.