Rescue team called into action

QUEENSLAND Fire and Rescue Service's swift water rescue teams were kept busy all day yesterday rescuing people from fast-moving water.

The jobs for the specialist rescue crews included:

People trying to walk across a flooded Pointings Bridge at Lowood.

A person stuck in a car in floodwaters on Old Rosevale Road, Warrill View.

A man trapped in a car surrounded by floodwaters on Undulla Road, Ripley.

Multiple rescues on Murphy's Creek Road at Murphy's Creek.

A ute was also stuck on the flooded Colin Keidge Bridge on Swanbank Road at Swanbank, but it was towed out before rescue crews arrived.

QFRS Commissioner Lee Johnson said all swift water rescues could be avoided, and motorists should be extremely careful during flash flooding.

“With heavy rainfall and flooding already impacting Queensland communities, and more anticipated, many roads and causeways can become inundated with water and are deadly to cross,” Mr Johnson said.

“People underestimate the danger of these waters and tragically 11 lives have been lost since November 2010 as a result.

“Every swift water rescue performed by fire personnel puts not only the victim's life but the lives of emergency services personnel who are forced to enter treacherous waterways at risk.”

Meanwhile, Councillor Paul Tully said a runaway three-tonne pontoon from Ipswich was captured on the Brisbane River at Goodna yesterday afternoon in a dramatic rescue operation.

he pontoon had broken its moorings at Cribb Park on the Bremer River and posed a serious danger before being removed by a crane at the Goodna boat ramp.

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