Police recognised for rescuing elderly woman in floods

Senior Constable Ryan Thompson.
Senior Constable Ryan Thompson. Scottie Simmonds BUN040512CAR1

The decorations recognise acts of bravery in other than warlike situations by people who put themselves in jeopardy to protect the lives or property of others.

On January 26, 2013, a 16m sailing yacht, with an elderly couple on board, broke away from its mooring and began to float uncontrollably down the Burnett River.

The elderly man scrambled up on to the deck as the yacht collided with another vessel.

Three police officers responded and observed an elderly woman on the deck as the yacht drifted before becoming stuck in mangroves.

Senior Constable Donita Stains.
Senior Constable Donita Stains. Max Fleet

A fourth police officer arrived, located a tinny, and tied a rope to it which the other three police officers hung on to.

He entered the fast flowing water and, on boarding the yacht, searched for the man.

Meanwhile a second officer used the tinny to make his way to the vessel.

Unable to locate the elderly man, the two officers placed the woman in the tinny, which was then pulled to safety by the police officers on shore.

The elderly man - Wolfgang Walter Kaden - was later found dead.



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