A member of a group whose vehicle was nearly washed away during an attempted river crossing says he is just glad everybody is safe.
Charlie Dougherty posted a video of the incident on Tik Tok which generated more than 20,000 likes on the social media platform.
In the video, the group attempt to cross a river near Mt Cook, Canterbury, in their truck when it is overcome with water and begins to sink.
The truck is later towed out of the river.
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"I'm just glad we are all safe. it's a bit of a wake up to not underestimate rivers.
"We lost more than the truck, it was also all our gear that was in it, our hunting gear, camera gear and a phone," Dougherty said.
He said the problem was they were slightly lower than where they should have crossed the river.
"It's part of the risk of river crossing. I wasn't too scared, just stayed calm for the other two and made sure everyone was out including my dog."
Dougherty said everyone in the group calmly did what they needed to keep each other safe
The video received more than 200,000 views in just one day along with nearly 3000 comments on Facebook.