Two women, child hoisted from ute trapped in floodwater
TWO women and a 14-month-old child have been saved in a dramatic resuce on the Dawson Hwy at Biloela.
They were trapped in the tray of a ute that was stuck against an obstacle under floodwater, just near a large tree.
RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue attended the scene late Saturday afternoon following reports of a car being washed off a flooded road.
The rescue crew made several unsuccessful attempts to get to Biloela, hampered by low cloud and bad weather, but managed to find a gap across the range.
Rescue 300 crew members were directed to the area by Queensland Ambulance Service ground units, who had been unable to reach the stranded vehicle.
Onlookers from the other side also attempted to reach the vehicle on foot but were hampered by the amount and speed of water across the road.
A Rescue 300 crewman was hoisted down to the vehicle, which the service says was an extremely hazardous operation given the proximity to the tree, the amount of water and debris, and the possibility of the car being dislodged if its weight was altered.
The crew member retrieved the child first who, because of his size, was unable to fit into a regular rescue sling and had to be put into a bag that was connected to the hoist, as well as being carried by the rescue crewman.
In the aircraft the young child was cared for by a QAS Intensive Care Paramedic.
A Rescue 300 spokesperson said both women had maintained their composure while being rescued, but once safe in the aircraft the dramatic events of the day caught up with them and they were visibly distressed.
The three rescued people were taken to a road and met by Biloela QAS staff.