One Mile Oval is flooded.
One Mile Oval is flooded. Renee Pilcher

Swimmers putting personal safety at risk

GYMPIE children, and some adults, looking for a lark during the flood are putting their safety at risk, Gympie Police Station officer-in-charge Graeme Reeves warns.

"Nobody should be playing in flood waters," Snr Sgt Reeves said.

With the death of a Widgee man and the rescue of a motorist trapped after attempting to traverse a creek crossing at Yabba Creek in the Mary Valley, emergency services are hoping for no further incidents.

"We want no further rescues," Snr Sgt Reeves said.

"Swimming in flood waters is not a good idea and we don't want to see emergency services putting their own safety at risk needlessly."

Flood waters often conceal hidden currents in addition to debris likely to cause serious injury for an unwitting swimmer.

Snr Sgt Reeves said school children in particular looking for a bit of fun before returning to school should avoid the temptation to play in flood waters.

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