Teenagers prompt multiple triple-000 calls by trying to float from Ipswich to Southbank on air mattresses.
Teenagers prompt multiple triple-000 calls by trying to float from Ipswich to Southbank on air mattresses.

Thrill-seekers rescued from river

POLICE have labelled the behaviour of three men in Ipswich as "foolish and dangerous" after they attempted to float from Ipswich to Southbank in hazardous waters today.

Around midday two 17-year-old men and one 18-year-old man entered the swollen and fast-flowing Bremer River, at the entrance with the Ironpot Creek on Gregory and Sydney streets, on single bed blow-up air mattresses.

Around 12.50pm police were alerted by a concerned member of the public that the men were floating down the river.

Police conducted a patrol near Sydney Street but were unable to locate the men.

Another observer who sighted the men approached police during this time.

Four police crews conducted extensive patrols of the river’s banks while awaiting the arrival of an SES floodboat.

The SES conducted patrols from the Brisbane River and Bremer River junction, locating the trio about 500 metres south of the Warrego Highway bridge over the Bremer River.

The trio floated approximately 15 kilometres, during which time police received approximately 10 triple-zero calls to assist the men before they could be retrieved about 2.30pm.

The men, from West Ipswich and Redbank Plains, have been issued with a notice to appear for public nuisance.

Polilce said this incident served as a timely reminder to the community not to enter flooded roads, creeks and watercourses as conditions can change rapidly as creeks and water courses rise and fall quickly.

This type of behaviour is hazardous and unpredictable due to the nature of floodwaters and the dangers associated with storm debris and road washouts.

Police also remind parents to ensure their children are not playing in flood prone waterways, watercourses and drains as water levels can rise quickly.



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