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Two young girls rescued after car driven into floodwaters

A swift water rescue team took a boat across the 60-metre section of flooded road and picked up the two young girls, bringing them back to safety.
A swift water rescue team took a boat across the 60-metre section of flooded road and picked up the two young girls, bringing them back to safety. Craig Warhurst

5.10PM: TWO young girls have been saved by a QFRS swift water rescue team at Gympie.

They became trapped when the Holden Commodore their father was driving entered floodwaters on Power Rd, southside.

Witnesses said they saw a 'rooster tail' of water go up behind the car before it came to a stop.

A bystander then went out into the flood and helped the father push the car back onto dry ground.

By this point the car had become trapped between two areas of flood.

A swift water rescue team took a boat across the 60-metre section of flooded road and picked up the two young girls, bringing them back to safety.

Rescuers are trying to get a tow truck through adjoining properties to retrieve the car while the father waits with it. 

4.39PM: EMERGENCY services are rushing to Gympie where a car has driven into floodwaters.

An unknown number of occupants are understood to be in the car at Power Rd, Gympie.

More details to come.

3.53PM: GYMPIE police say it seems the simplest of messages are often the hardest to receive.

"Flooded creeks and rivers, fast flowing waterways and watercourses and churned up oceans are dangerous places to play," a spokesperson said.

"A quick dip, a bit of fun, shouldn't end it tragedy and shouldn't risk the lives of emergency service personnel."

Police are reminding people that flood waters contain multiple hazards and are not safe places to swim or attempt to cross.

Contaminants such as dead and decaying animals, animal waste products, soil and oils, as well as dangerous objects such as building materials, trees and plant debris, after often found in flood waters.

They also say deadly and unpredictable undercurrents can sweep away even the strongest of swimmers and urge all

Gympie people to stay away from and out of flood waters and dangerous surf.

Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.

Gympie Times

Topics:  editors picks, floodwaters, police, qps, wildweather



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