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Lady Primrose Potter Rescued After Car Plunged Into Yarra River

Philanthropist Lady Primrose Potter had a fortunate escape after her Mercedes veered off the road and plunged into the Yarra River in Melbourne. 

The incident occurred on Sunday around 7pm when her Mercedes E200 collided with another vehicle on Alexandra Avenue.

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Emergency services were called after the car was found wedged on the banks of the Yarra tilted in water.

The 92-year-old was able to open the door and make her way out knee-deep water with the assistance of Paul Cavaiulo, a pass-by witness.

“She just couldn’t pull herself up the bank so I just kind of dragged her up,” he told Nine news.

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“She was a bit shaken up as well.”

Potter was taken to The Alfred hospital for observation and treatment suffering only minor injuries.

Potter is an Australian philanthropist and arts administrator. She is the widow of Sir Ian Potter. 

Police are investigating the crash and Potter is expected to undergo a license review.

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