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Floodwater rescue for RACQ CQ Rescue
RACQ CQ Rescue rescued five men stranded in floodwaters at Bogie, west of Bowen, after their ute was washed off the road. The five Home Hill men, all believed aged in their 20s, had been pig hunting in the area when their vehicle was washed off Tondara Road, about 15km off the Bruce Highway, about 10pm.
Police received a call from the mother of one of the ute’s occupants reporting the incident and that the men were stranded. Fortunately, they had all managed to escape the swamped vehicle.
Floodwaters prevented emergency service crews from accessing the area, so the Mackay-based rescue helicopter was tasked about 10.30am. Poor visibility due to very heavy rain and thunderstorms proved challenging for the helicopter crew who were forced to land adjacent to the swollen Monlongle Creek to wait out the bad weather. A break in the weather enabled the helicopter to briefly leave the scene and refuel in Proserpine when a Bogie farmer reported sighting the five men not far from where the helicopter had previously landed.
RACQ CQ Rescue then returned to Bogie and landed on a dirt road adjacent to floodwaters to pick up the men, all of whom were not injured in the incident but were cold and dehydrated after a long night out in the elements.
The men were loaded aboard the Bell 412 helicopter and flown to Proserpine Airport, arriving about 3.40pm.
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