Lost teens found up a tree
A CYCLING trip from North Bundaberg to Woodgate almost took a tragic turn for two teenage boys, who had to be rescued by helicopter after becoming lost without water in the Burrum Coast National Park.
The boys, both 15 years old, set out from North Bundaberg on Sunday morning, and rode along Goodwood Road until they reached the railway bridge crossing the Elliott River.
They then decided to move on to a track that ran alongside the railway line, and continued cycling for several kilometres before abandoning their bikes and scaling a fence to get into the Burrum Coast National Park.
“They planned to walk through the scrub to Woodgate, but three hours later when they still weren't there, they called police for help,” AGL Action Rescue air crewman Gary Craig said.
After receiving the boys' call for help, police alerted the AGL Action Rescue helicopter, which set out to find them.
“We were flying along the railway track, and I was looking out into the coastal scrub when I saw a fella up the top of a tree, waving his T-shirt at me,” Mr Craig said.
The helicopter could not land because of tall trees up to 18-metres high, and the thick scrub was inaccessible by road, so emergency services formed a plan to hoist the boys to safety.
A paramedic was sent down with bottles of water before the boys were individually placed into harnesses and winched into the helicopter.
“They were pretty glad to see the paramedic,” Mr Craig said.
“They didn't have any water and had been walking for about four hours on a hot day. I don't think they were Boy Scouts.”
He said the boys may have been walking in circles for some time, as they were still a long way from Woodgate when they were found.
The boys were given the all-clear by paramedics and reunited with their parents when they got back to Bundaberg.