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RAW: Dramatic Moment Boy Rescued From Australian Flood
27 Sep 2013
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A teenager has been pulled from fast-moving floodwaters in a dramatic rescue in Queensland this morning. The boy, believed to be about 14-years-old, was clinging to a tree as surging water rushed past him in Frenchville, north of Rockhampton, at 8.15am. Footage of the rescue, filmed by the ABC, shows a man coax the teen from the tree. The pair are washed downstream a few metres before they are pulled out of the water by the rest of the rescue team. Five Queensland Fire and Rescue crews, including swift water technicians, were called to save the teen. The boy is now in a stable condition at Rockhampton Base Hospital. There were more than 20 swift water rescues in central Queensland overnight after heavy rainfall from ex-tropical cyclone Oswald caused flooding in many areas. Emergency crews have rescued seven people trapped in homes at Kabra, west of Rockhampton. A man who got caught in his car in the same street had to be pulled free by a bystander, the ABC reported. He's been taken to hospital in a stable condition. A woman and two children, whose car was caught in floodwaters, have also been rescued by SES personnel at Mackenzie River, near Middlemount, west of Rockhampton. Crews have also rescued people from two vehicles stranded when floodwaters rose along the Bruce Highway at Bajool, south of Rockhampton. DCS said it was awaiting information on the rescue of a man stuck in a tree at Biloela, southwest of Gladstone. Residents have been warned to use common sense and stay off the roads as the deluge continues, with authorities saying most of the swift water rescues were entirely preventable. The SES has attended 280 jobs in the past 24 hours - 100 of them in and around Rockhampton.

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