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Man rescued from Yabba Creek floodwaters

A MOTORIST has escaped serious injury after being swept off a creek crossing at Yabba Creek, near Imbil.

The man attempted to negotiate the flooded crossing early Monday morning when his vehicle was engulfed by flood water.

Gympie Police Station officer-in-charge Graeme Reeves said police were unable to access the scene.

"The man was heard yelling out and was clinging to a tree," he said.

"Police couldn't get to the scene but the Queensland Fire and Rescue responded, sending out their swift water rescue team."

The man was retrieved safely in waist-high water without injury.

Snr Sgt Reeves said the rescue served as a reminder to all motorists to exercise extreme caution on road.

"If it's flooded, forget it," he said.

The message is simple enough but one many motorists continue to ignore.

Snr Sgt Reeves said even when floodwaters appeared shallow, drivers could still be at risk.

"There is no way to know for certain what is happening below," he said.

"The road could have washed out below or the current could cause the vehicle to lose traction."

Gympie Times


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