Camper swept to her death in creek
A 44-YEAR-OLD woman drowned near Agnes Water after she was swept away while swimming in a creek.
The woman was reported missing by her family and friends about 11am yesterday, after they saw her start to struggle then disappear in the tidal waters near the mouth of the Middle Creek, between Bustard Bay and Eurimbula National Park.
The tragedy marks the second death near the popular coastal spot in two days, after a 33-year-old dad died in a head-on car crash on Round Hill Road on Tuesday.
“Relatives saw her getting swept away,” AGL Action Rescue helicopter pilot Dick Snell said.
A lifeguard on a jetski was sent up the river from Agnes Water to look for her, and the AGL Action rescue helicopter was sent from Bundaberg to do an aerial search.
Mr Snell said the woman was found by police in a search aircraft, washed up on a beach about 5km north of the creek mouth, around 2.30pm.
Miriam Vale office-in-charge Senior Sergeant Owen Harms was one of two officers who spotted the woman from the aircraft and landed on the beach to start immediate resuscitation.
A paramedic arrived shortly after on the rescue helicopter and he too tried to revive the woman, but despite their efforts, she was pronounced dead at the scene.
“We landed on the beach near Middle Creek, got the woman out of the water and began resuscitation,” Sgt Harms said.
“There was continued resuscitation until the paramedic arrived by helicopter and he kept trying for some time after — but she was gone.”
Agnes Water lifeguard Tony McCaig was called out to help search for the woman, who was believed to be camping with friends and family at Middle Creek.
“She was caught in a rip. She didn’t stand a chance,” Mr McCaig said.
The woman’s body was taken to the Seventeen Seventy SES grounds on the rescue chopper before being taken by road to the Bundaberg Hospital.
Police said investigations were continuing and an autopsy would be performed in the next couple of days.
Late yesterday afternoon, news of the drowning was slowly making its way around the small coastal community.
Agnes Water Tavern worker Janelle Fielding said the town was still coming to terms with the car crash that killed the Brisbane father-of-four.
“I think people will be devastated. Everybody is still in shock about the car accident on Tuesday,” Ms Fielding said.