River rescue after 48 hours in tree

A TOOWOOMBA man was rescued early yesterday morning from a flooded river in far north Queensland after spending 48 hours stuck up a tree.

On Thursday, he and another man from Regency Downs were crossing the Lynd River between Mt Surprise and Almaden when their car and caravan were swept into the flooded river.

The men, both 58, clung to a tree for two days hanging perilously over the raging floodwaters. They were spotted late Saturday afternoon by pig shooters.

A Queensland Police Service spokesman said the men, who were washed about 100 metres downstream, were forced to wait until just after midnight to be rescued. He said the conditions were too dangerous and the resources not available to attempt a rescue.

“People could see them and hear them but they couldn't get to them because they were stranded in the middle of the flooded river,” he said.

“Once they had the resources they were able to go and grab them.”

Far north Queensland media reported the flooded river was about 100 metres wide and fast flowing.

Mt Surprise is located 250km south-west of Innisfail.

State Emergency Service, police and Queensland Fire and Rescue Service crews were believed to have been involved in the swift water rescue.

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