Men rescued from floodwaters after ute swept away

RACQ CQ Rescue has rescued five men stranded in floodwaters south of Townsville, after their ute was washed off the road.

The five Home Hill men, all aged in their 20s, had been pig hunting when their vehicle was washed off Tondara Road, at Bogie about 10pm on Wednesday night. Fortunately, all men managed to escape the swamped vehicle.

One man’s mother raised the alert about 8am on Thursday, but floodwaters prevented emergency service crews from accessing the area.

The RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter, based in Mackay, was called to respond, but later grounded because of poor weather.

A break in the weather just before 3.30pm allowed RACQ CQ Rescue to return to Bogie to pick up the men. Uninjured, but cold and dehydrated, the men were then flown to Proserpine Airport.

RACQ spokesperson Lucinda Ross reminded drivers to remain vigilant after substantial rain in the region over the past few days.

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“There is still a flood watch warning in place for coastal catchments between Proserpine and Cairns,” Ms Ross said.

“Even if you’re familiar with the area, never attempt to drive through a flooded road. Listen to local authorities, pay close attention to signs and road closures, and for the latest on road conditions check our Road Conditions website.”