Flood res­cues earn brav­ery awards

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.”

PHOTO: NOEL THOMP­SON

BRAV­ERY: Mun­dub­bera News agent Ash­ley Maeyke.

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