Three children and an adult were rescued from the Mary River near Kenilworth.
Three children and an adult were rescued from the Mary River near Kenilworth. Contributed.

Kayakers rescued from Mary River

THREE children and an adult were rescued from a fast-flowing Mary River near Kenilworth on the weekend with authorities warning of more flood dangers ahead.

The group had been canoeing against a 15 knot current when they ran into difficulties about 11.50am.

Natalie Bergsma, of Noosa, said yesterday her group was just packing up at the campsite near the Kenilworth Homestead when they heard cries for help coming from the river.

She said while the water was not deep, it was flowing fast and with children in the canoe there was no way the mother was going to risk them.

“It was flowing really strong,” Mrs Bergsma said. “It (the river) had come up heaps overnight.

“Their kayak had overturned.”

In the end, police were able to walk through to the mother and children and carry them one by one to the shore.

With the aid of rescuers, they were back on dry ground by 12.30pm.

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