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Man swept into river spends night in tree

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A car seen under floodwater at Marrickville in Sydney, Sunday, February 9, 2020. (AAP Image/Joel Carrett) 

A man has been rescued after clinging to a tree for almost 12 hours overnight to escape floodwaters in southeast NSW.

SES crews retrieved the man from the swollen Brogo River north of Bega on Tuesday morning, Bega Valley Shire Council posted on Facebook.

The council said the man had been clinging to the tree from 6pm on Monday night before he was spotted about 4am on Tuesday.

He was transported to South East Regional Hospital after he was rescued.

"Conditions in the Bega, Brogo, Bemboka and Towamba rivers and all surrounding creeks and waterways are dangerous this morning," the council warned on Tuesday.

"Significant volumes of water and strong flows are still being experienced in some locations."

SES spokeswoman Sharon Fox told ABC radio the man was lucky to be alive.

"Certainly it's a fantastic result and a big thanks to our volunteers," she said.

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