Honda Africa Twin helps resident escape Australian bushfires

The footage shows the man escaping the fires on his Honda Africa Twin with minutes to spare

Honda Africa Twin

FRIGHTENING footage has been shared by 7 News which shows a New South Wales resident fleeing the bushfires on his Honda Africa Twin.

The footage was captured by Ben Hannan and has been widely shared on social media. He shot the video as he was fleeing his home earlier this month.

Mr Hannan was forced to flee his home in Caperra in New South Wales (NSW) as the fires raged around him on November 8th. The video was posted to Facebook on November 19th, presumably once Ben had got himself and his bike to an area of safety.

Speaking to Storyful, Ben said the footage was him “fleeing as the family farm burns.” His mother drove ahead of him with “3 of 4 cats,” with Hannan saying that the car, cats and his bike were “all we saved.”

“I’d moved home six years ago after dad died so mum didn’t have to leave our home. Two days after all 130 acres, two homes and 90 percent of our animals burned was the anniversary of his death. It’s not home anymore. We’ve nothing to go back to but ash.”

As the footage comes to a close with Hannan moving a tree off the road to allow a car to move past, he comments aloud, “What did you do on your day off? I dunno, watched the whole f***ing world burn.”

A GoFundMe to help Hannan and his mother, Irene, was set up on November 8, raising 4,700 Australian dollars at the time of writing, with the initial target being $2,000.

Credit: Ben Hannan via Storyful

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