Chris Hemsworth’s wife Elsa Pataky looks stressed as she visits a petrol station with her kids

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Chris Hemsworth‘s wife Elsa Pataky found herself in a very dangerous situation on Monday after attempting to drive through a flooded road in Byron Bay. 

And while the Spanish actress, 44, initially laughed off the incident, she was spotted looking decidedly stressed a day later while visiting a petrol station in Bangalow, Byron Bay, with her children.  

Elsa, who risked injury on Monday while climbing out of her car window, wore a strained expression as she parked at the petrol bowser and began filling up her car. 

Back on dry land: Chris Hemsworth’s wife Elsa Pataky, 44, looked rather stressed as she visited a petrol station in Bangalow, Byron Bay, with her children on Tuesday – a day after attempting to drive through a flooded road 

The car appeared to be the same vehicle as the one Elsa was driving when she attempted during Monday’s incident. 

As she waited for her the petrol to fill up, Elsa was seen pensively staring at her reflection in the car’s side door – perhaps while contemplating the dangers of driving into floodwater. 

Going makeup-free, the model dressed for comfort in a baggy ‘1979’ sweatshirt and a pair of skinny jeans. 

Moment of reflection As she waited for her the petrol to fill up, Elsa was seen pensively staring at her reflection in the car's side door - perhaps while contemplating the dangers of driving into floodwater

Moment of reflection As she waited for her the petrol to fill up, Elsa was seen pensively staring at her reflection in the car’s side door – perhaps while contemplating the dangers of driving into floodwater

Casual look: The model dressed for comfort in a baggy '1979' sweatshirt and a pair of skinny jeans

Casual look: The model dressed for comfort in a baggy ‘1979’ sweatshirt and a pair of skinny jeans

She also wore a pair of sturdy leather boots – perhaps to protect her legs from any other floodwater she may encounter.  

To complete her look, she layered on delicate jewellery including rings, earrings and a chain necklace.   

A day earlier, Elsa sparked controversy when she documented an ill-fated road trip with her children and friend Luke Zocchi, who is her husband’s longtime personal trainer. 

Pit-stop: Elsa's barefoot children took the opportunity to stretch their legs outside the car before climbing into the passenger seats

Pit-stop: Elsa’s barefoot children took the opportunity to stretch their legs outside the car before climbing into the passenger seats 

After realising she had driven into a flooded road, Elsa shared several selfies complaining about the conundrum before finally escaping out of the car window. 

Despite the perilous situation, Elsa managed to stay positive as she documented her escape on Instagram, where she has more than 3.8 million followers. 

While she shrugged off the incident, Australians subsequently blasted Elsa online for driving through floodwater when she didn’t know the depth.    

Familiar? The car appeared to be the same vehicle as the one Elsa was driving when she drove through floodwaters on Monday

Familiar? The car appeared to be the same vehicle as the one Elsa was driving when she drove through floodwaters on Monday

The dangers of driving through floodwater are well documented. 

Aside from potentially damaging the vehicle, someone who chooses to drive in floodwater risks sustaining major injuries – either while trying to leave the vehicle or by staying inside the vehicle as it floats away.

According to the NRMA, it only takes shallow water for a car to become buoyant.

Bohemian look: Elsa went makeup-free and tied her flaxen locks into a messy ponytail

 Bohemian look: Elsa went makeup-free and tied her flaxen locks into a messy ponytail 

‘Even if you have the good fortune to survive getting caught in a flood in your car, the damage your vehicle will certainly suffer will make you regret taking the chance,’ the organisation warns.

Fans questioned why Elsa had decided to upload videos to Instagram of herself in the car, rather than focus on the fraught situation at hand.

‘Dumb*** decided it’s a great time for a selfie!’ one person raged.  

Fool me once! She also wore a pair of sturdy leather boots - perhaps to protect her legs from any other floodwater she may encounter

Fool me once! She also wore a pair of sturdy leather boots – perhaps to protect her legs from any other floodwater she may encounter

Backlash: A day earlier, Elsa sparked controversy when she documented an ill-fated road trip with her children and friend Luke Zocchi, who is her husband's longtime personal trainer

Backlash: A day earlier, Elsa sparked controversy when she documented an ill-fated road trip with her children and friend Luke Zocchi, who is her husband’s longtime personal trainer

'Great': While she laughed off the incident, some of Elsa's fans argued that the mother of three should have known better than to drive through floodwater when she didn't know its depth

‘Great’: While she laughed off the incident, some of Elsa’s fans argued that the mother of three should have known better than to drive through floodwater when she didn’t know its depth

Not impressed! Angry Aussies flocked to Facebook to criticise Elsa for putting herself and her passengers at risk of injury by driving through floodwater

Not impressed! Angry Aussies flocked to Facebook to criticise Elsa for putting herself and her passengers at risk of injury by driving through floodwater

'Great time for a selfie!' Several fans questioned why Elsa had decided to upload videos to Instagram of herself in the car, rather than focus on the fraught situation at hand

‘Great time for a selfie!’ Several fans questioned why Elsa had decided to upload videos to Instagram of herself in the car, rather than focus on the fraught situation at hand

'My only option': Another post saw Elsa climbing out of the car window and wading through the waters to join her children on the other side of the flooded road

‘My only option’: Another post saw Elsa climbing out of the car window and wading through the waters to join her children on the other side of the flooded road 

Home turf: The footage was most likely recorded in Byron Bay, where the Hemsworths own a $20million home. The area has been hit by heavy rain recently. Pictured: Chris and Elsa in 2015

Home turf: The footage was most likely recorded in Byron Bay, where the Hemsworths own a $20million home. The area has been hit by heavy rain recently. Pictured: Chris and Elsa in 2015

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