Shivering man a mystery

MYSTERY brewed at the Old Bundy Tavern when a wet, shivering man arrived at the Customs Bar asking for an ambulance.

The man, whose identity is unknown, claimed to have been in the Burnett River for up to three hours after a boating mishap before he turned up at the pub just after 10pm on Friday night.

"He said he was in the boat with his mates and his mates did a U-turn and he fell out," Old Bundy Tavern duty manager Dax Smith said.

Not having a blanket or anything else to help warm the man, Mr Smith said he took him inside the bar to keep him warm while they waited for an ambulance.

"I spoke to him to see if he was all right," Mr Smith said.

The manager said the man, whose age he was unable to estimate, said he had been clinging to the banks of the Burnett River and the pub was the first place he reached for help.

"‘I’m cold and I want an ambulance’, that’s all he kept saying," Mr Smith said.

Mr Smith said the man was also unaware where his friends were, but had admitted to having had a few drinks.

The Queensland Ambulance Service said medics attended the scene at just before 10.20pm and attended to a patient who was shivering and cold.

He was taken to the Bundaberg Hospital four minutes after the ambulance arrived.

Mr Smith said in his nine years working in pubs, he had never encountered an incident like the one on Friday night.

He said he had not heard how the man was after his unplanned prolonged swim.

The Queensland Police Service was not called to the incident.



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