Flood nearly claims two

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Tom Volling

TWO tourists are count­ing their lucky stars af­ter es­cap­ing through the win­dows of their car as it was swept off a bridge near Moss­man on Fri­day.

Mel­bourne cou­ple Clin­ton and Kerry-Ann Smith were try­ing to cross the Moss­man River at Anich’s Bridge, on Finlayvale Rd, in a Nis­san Pul­sar when a “huge surge” of wa­ter took the ve­hi­cle off the road be­fore 5.30pm.

“This big surge was un­be­liev­able, Mr Smith said.

“It went from a cou­ple of inches to two feet in a mat­ter of mo­ments.”

Af­ter the pair ex­ited through the car’s win­dows, Mr Smith tried to ma­noeu­vre the car to a stand­still.

“Be­cause the car was float­ing I thought I could try and steer it and jam it onto the pole,” he said.

“It seems com­i­cal, but I am still pretty emo­tional at the same time. You still feel re­spon­si­ble be­cause you took on a rental.”

The cou­ple were on a five­day hol­i­day in the Far North cel­e­brat­ing Mrs Smith’s birth­day.

“In hind­sight, I was fight­ing a los­ing bat­tle from the start,” Mr Smith said. “When you are there the adrenalin kicks in. It was a lit­tle bit scary.

“The wa­ter was start­ing to get to a point where I was wor­ried I wouldn’t be able to swim across the cur­rent. “

The cou­ple were taken back to nearby the Silky Oaks Lodge by tour guide Chris O’Dowd.

Lodge di­rec­tor Bar­bara Van Min said it was one of the “weird­est events ever”.

“It is some­thing that hap­pens ev­ery 10 years, but now we have had two in the past month,” she said.

“They called to say they were float­ing and we told them to get out of the car.”

Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED

Mel­bourne cou­ple Clin­ton and Kerry-Ann Smith were try­ing to cross Anich’s Bridge in a car when a “huge surge” of wa­ter took the ve­hi­cle off the road

Pic­ture: SHANE NI­CHOLS

“It’s down there some­where” – a QFES vol­un­teer points to where the car dis­ap­peared in the flood.

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