Flood stricken families rescued east of Childers

The Bundaberg AGL Action Rescue Helicopter winched two elderly couples to safety from flood waters east of Childers.
The Bundaberg AGL Action Rescue Helicopter winched two elderly couples to safety from flood waters east of Childers. Simon Young

AN ELDERLY couple was rescued by the AGL Action Rescue Helicopter after their home at Pacific Haven, east of Childers, was inundated with water.  

The Bundaberg helicopter got airborne as the weather moved south, while the Maroochydore helicopter flew through the storm to reach the small town which had been completely cut-off by flood waters.

The Bundaberg helicopter winched its rescue crewman down to an elderly couple and the Maroochydore helicopter also winched its rescue crewman down to the house.

An elderly man, who suffered mobility issues, was secured and winched aboard the AGL Action Rescue Helicopter.

His elderly wife was also winched to safety.

The man was taken to Hervey Bay Hospital for observation.

The AGL Action Rescue Helicopter has also rescued an elderly female found clinging to a log in rising flood waters.

The woman and her husband were originally in a tinny, when it flipped.

The couple clung to its upturned hull for some time before losing hold of the small vessel.

The AGL Action Rescue Helicopter located the pair clinging to a log in chest deep water.

Rescue Crewman Rick Harvey was winched into the flood waters where he secured the woman before she was winched up to the helicopter.

"She couldn't swim so that was a real concern," explained Mr Harvey.

"Her husband was able to wade back to the bank and chose to go back to their home," he said.

A small airfield near-by was used as a safe drop-off point.

The weather has largely cleared from the area although the flooding continues.

The AGL Action Rescue Helicopter has now been tasked to Agnes Water where more people are needing to be winched to safety.

Topics:  floods 2013 oswald

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