Flood rescues earn bravery awards
TWO crews negotiated their way under fallen powerlines and around all manner of debris, including livestock, logs, shipping containers and 44-gallon drums, to perform flood rescues.
Mundubbera newsagent Ashley Maeyke and Mundubbera police officer Senior Constable Cameron John Mosley took their chances in some of the most horrendous flood waters ever seen in the Burnett during the 2013 disaster.
Mr Maeyke said he was out at his farm pulling his pump out of the river when his mate from O’Bill O’Bill called him and asked for help as the floodwater was lapping his veranda and still rising.
“I went and borrowed another mate’s boat to go and get my mate and his family out of trouble. Cam Mosely asked if he could help and we took off up the river,” he said.
“On the way to O’Bill O’Bill we found other people on their rooves, so my mate had to wait a while for us to get to him.”
Working in conjunction with a boat crew from Eidsvold, Snr Const Mosley and Mr Maeyke transported 17 people to safety.
They also guided livestock and horses to higher ground as the floodwaters reached an estimated 25 metres.
For their actions, they are recipients of the Group Bravery Citation award.
“The first family we picked up were two adults and six children that had to climb through the manhole in the ceiling of their house and then kick a hole through the roof gable to get onto the roof,” Mr Maeyke said.
“The rising water had just taken everyone by surprise and the swift water stopped people from swimming out.”
BRAVERY: Mundubbera News agent Ashley Maeyke.