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Floodwaters rescue sparks timely reminder

Thursday November 28, 2013 - 11:58 EDT

Emergency services say they are frustrated that people are not heeding warnings about floodwaters.

A couple had to be rescued north of Mackay, after their four-wheel drive was washed off a causeway when they were trying to cross Boulder Creek near Mount Charlton.

Three swift water rescue crews helped pull the couple to safety.

Russell Collier from the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service says it was a challenging rescue.

"The water was flowing quite swiftly across the causeway and it was rising rapidly over time but our primary concern was actually getting some flotation devices, life jackets etc, to the people, to reassure them in that particular way," he said.

He says the rescue comes just days after the launch of the 'If it's Flooded, Forget It' campaign.

"The storm season is upon us," he said.

"Don't enter any floodwaters, it is dangerous, as has been highlighted by the rescue.

The fact of the matter is that we saved the people and the rescuers are also safe.

"So great result in the end but as I was saying, don't enter the swift water, it is extremely dangerous."


- ABC

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