Swift response from firies after couple stranded on car
THE water at Boulder Creek crossing near Calen was moving quickly when Mackay's swift-water rescue team arrived on the scene to help a couple stranded on their car in the flowing creek.
Queensland Fire and Rescue Service Mackay swift-water rescue technician Neil Mellifont described the rescue on Wednesday afternoon as "pretty standard", but said there was a definite sense of urgency to get the man and woman out of the creek before the water rose higher.
"There was a lot of danger because of where it was," he said.
Mr Mellifont said eight firefighters attended the scene and worked quickly to first attend to the woman, who was panicking and holding on to a small rock after the car her husband had been driving washed off the crossing..
"The lady was very scared and panicked," he said.
"We went and spoke to them and reassured them that we'd get them out and not to move.
"We made access across the causeway and then moved down the bank to reach the people."
Mr Mellifont said good training allowed him to stay calm but that every rescue had an element of danger involved.
"Probably the worst one I've done... I had to rescue a boy in a creek in Sarina," he said.
"I got stuck on a tree or a fence and got dragged under a bit.
"Luckily I had a good crew on the bank and they got me across.
"It's our life as well. All the boys have to go into the water and anything can happen."
He warned people to steer clear of flooded roads heading into the wet season.
"This gentleman said he thought he'd be right to cross; the car got halfway and the water picked it up and put it in the middle of the creek.
"If you're in that situation the best thing to do is stay put; don't try and swim out of it if you aren't a good swimmer. If you can get to a tree or rock or island stay there and wait for help to come to you."