Bob, you’re a horse’s best mate
BOB Sirett is an old-fashioned Aussie bloke who calls a spade a bloody shovel, would never let his mates down and loves his horses.
When the floods hit his Bundamba home in January, he didn’t muck around. Ignoring the fact his house was going under, he got together with family, friends and neighbours and saved about a dozen horses from drowning.
"I got my horses out and as the water was coming up, Kuang came past in his boat and said: ‘What can we do?’" Mr Sirett said.
"Before this I’d never met Kuang; now we’re good mates. I said: ‘We’ll find something’.
"I’d seen these cows and horses swimming around near my place so my daughter and son got into the boat sand Kuang and his mate got in the boat and we started hauling them out. There was so much water, we had to duck to get under power lines. We saw horses up to their fetlocks in water and it took a while to realise they were standing on roofs. Others were in the water trying to grab the guttering of houses with their teeth. You could hear them struggling."
He said they rescued 10 or 12 horses and about the same number of cattle.
One of the first saved was Bundy, a three-year-old Miniature horse owned by Dave Parmenter.
"We tried to get him out but he just wanted to run around and play," Mr Parmenter said. "We just had to open the gates and leave him behind. I thought he’d end up in Moreton Bay. Lucky Bob and the other blokes rescued him."
Tomorrow, Bob will be presented with an RSPCA heroism award but he reckons there should be a swag of names on the plaque.
"I said I’d only accept it on behalf of all the others," he said.
"Kuang was helping and John – better known as Tex - Cassie and Luke and heap of my family. My kids are like me; if you can help, bloody get in and help."