A jet ski rider throws up water taking to a flooded Mary River around at the touch fields.
A jet ski rider throws up water taking to a flooded Mary River around at the touch fields. Craig Warhurst

Skylarkers brave flooded river

GYMPIE daredevils took skylarking in flood waters to a new level on Sunday afternoon when they spent several hours criss-crossing the raging torrent of the flooded Mary River.

Three young men gave the gathering crowds something to watch and SES volunteers and police plenty to worry about when they launched their jet skies from the old Gympie Pineapple site mid-afternoon.

They dropped their own buoys near Albert Park and proceeded to put on a high-speed show of turns, twists and white water racing on top of the park, near Kidd Bridge, and up and down the course of the river, where the current was strongest and tonnes of debris and submerged logs jostled their way downstream.

Police went to Albert Park but said the jet skiers were not technically breaking any laws.

Reaction to photos and video footage of their antics posted on Facebook was mixed.

Gympie Times


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