Tourists would have drowned
TWO tourists who were swept away while trying to drive through a flooded creek at Rosedale were lucky to escape alive, according to their rescuers.
The two Korean nationals were trying to cross Baffle Creek at the Essendean Bridge about 11.30pm on Wednesday when their vehicle was washed away.
By the time rescuers got to them, their car was completely under water and they were clinging to a tree to escape the floodwaters.
“Backpackers from Agnes Water were watching the floods, and saw them drive around the ‘road closed’ signs and spear straight into the river,” Rosedale SES group leader Jon Brown said.
“It’s just pure luck they were there — otherwise the couple would have drowned.”
Rosedale police Senior Constable Jamie Goodwin rushed to the scene and used his car’s high-beam headlights to spot the stricken couple.
“The car was submerged up to the roof and they were hanging on to a tree,” Mr Brown said.
Minutes later, the SES boat was in the water and managed to get the pair to safety.
“We brought them to shore and wrapped them up in blankets, then they were taken to Bundaberg Hospital,” Mr Brown said.
Snr Const Goodwin warned motorists to take extra care on the roads and pay attention to road signs.
He said Tablelands, Lowmead and Hills roads around Rosedale were still flooded, and may be closed until at least the weekend.
Some residents at Rosedale and Miriam Vale are still cut off, along with most of Baffle Creek.
The SES is using its boat to take supplies to Baffle Creek, and the AGL Action Rescue helicopter has made deliveries to 10 campers stranded at Middle Creek.
A woman was also evacuated from the campsite, over fears for her health.
“We did a food drop to campers staying in a shack at Middle Creek because it could be seven days before they can get out,” AGL Action Rescue helicopter pilot Dick Snell said.
“We brought out a 62-year-old woman because she had a pre-existing condition.”