LUCKY RESCUE: Rob Modrow thanks Bundaberg Regional Council Parks and Gardens staff Neil Thomson, Paul Fruscalzo and Dylan Rogers for rescuing his dad from drowning in the Burnett River after his boat capsized. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail
LUCKY RESCUE: Rob Modrow thanks Bundaberg Regional Council Parks and Gardens staff Neil Thomson, Paul Fruscalzo and Dylan Rogers for rescuing his dad from drowning in the Burnett River after his boat capsized. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail Max Fleet

Grandad escapes death three times and lives to tell the tale

SEVENTY-YEAR-OLD William Modrow has escaped the wrath of death three times.

He had a triple bypass at 60, contracted severe pneumonia a few weeks ago and, just on Tuesday, nearly drowned in the Burnett River when his boat capsized.

But he's still alive to tell the tale.

Mr Modrow snuck out onto the water for a day of fishing alone - against the constant wishes of his children - when a gust of wind overturned the boat.

The grandfather of eight, who cannot swim, was flung out of the boat into the river, 30m from the shore.

"It was just one of those freak things," he said.

"This is the first time in my life that I've had a boating accident."

By a stroke of luck, a team of council Parks and Gardens workers were patrolling the usually deserted area of Queens Park when they spotted the boat and yelled out to the fisherman and asked if he was alright.

"I said, 'no, I can't swim'," Mr Modrow said.

What followed was a dramatic rescue attempt by the group of council workers, who eventually got the shaken man to safety.

"I want to thank them for it," Mr Modrow said.

"If they weren't there I'd be down the river somewhere or I don't know."

Paul Fruscalzo was one of the men who came to Mr Modrow's rescue.

"We come down twice a week to clean up any rubbish," he said.

"We'd already been through the area on Tuesday.

"We usually go through the middle (road) track and, if we had, we wouldn't have seen him."

Mr Modrow's son, Robert, hailed his father's rescuers as "heroes".

"They saved my father's life," he said.

"It would have been all over if these guys hadn't helped him."

Despite his ordeal, Mr Modrow, who is covered in deep cuts and bruises, said he would return to the water.

"I'm going to go out again, but I am going to take someone else with me," he said.

"I gave myself a real fright."
 


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