Dennison Creek: A vehicle was swept into the flooded watercourse, trapping the male occupant and resulting in the third death of a similar fashion in recent weeks. Photo courtesy of Daily Mercury
Dennison Creek: A vehicle was swept into the flooded watercourse, trapping the male occupant and resulting in the third death of a similar fashion in recent weeks. Photo courtesy of Daily Mercury

Three drivers lost

POLICE have retrieved yet another body from a submerged car swept away in floodwater.

So far, recent flooding throughout Central Queensland has claimed the lives of at least three people.

All three instances are startling in their resemblance and highlight the importance of road safety in the current climate.

Late last month police divers found the body of a 54-year-old NSW woman trapped in her submerged four-wheel drive in Dysart floodwaters, almost 800 metres from where her vehicle was swept away.

Last weekend, 81-year-old Bajool farmer, Alan Kane, drowned in his utility after it was swept from the road by a swollen creek at a dangerous crossing.

And at 11.30am yesterday, police retrieved a vehicle from the Dennison Creek after it was reported to have been swept away on the Oxford Downs-Sarina Road, 16 km from Nebo, on December 7.

Police located the body of a man inside the car, who they believed was in his 50s. They are yet to confirm if there was any connection to a 51-year-old transport contractor who was recently reported missing.

Police and rescue workers were first alerted of the latest tragedy on Tuesday morning, after parked onlookers witnessed the vehicle drive past and attempt to plough through flowing water.

The vehicle was located on Wednesday, but after hours of attempting to retrieve it, police divers were forced to suspend recovery efforts due to the raging water.

Police earlier made several attempts to pull the vehicle from the creek, but the cable attached to the submerged car snapped numerous times.

Police search and rescue co-ordinator Sergeant Tim Henderson said divers worked tirelessly around the clock in hazardous conditions and in water with zero visibility. Police will prepare a report for the Coroner.


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