Dramatic Rescue of Boy Left Clinging to a Tree


A dramatic rescue took place in Queensland, Australia on Thursday after a teenage boy was left clinging to a tree in the Rockhampton suburb of Frenchville.

The footage, released by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), shows the emergency worker pulling the 14-year-old to safety.

The worker was tied by a rope to the nearby bank but, in the process, was swept by the water down the river. He managed to climb to safety further down the creek.

After he was rescued, the boy was then taken to a nearby hospital as a precaution.

According to the IB Times, local officer Brett Williams told ABC that the boy was lucky to be alive. "The current was so strong it just took him away," he said.

Around 20 water rescues have been made in the flood-hit state in the last 24 hours.

According to the Daily Telegraph, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology reports that 161 millimetres (6.33 inches) of rain fell on Rockhampton in 24 hours, making it the wettest January day since 1939.

The heavy floods in the area are a result of the torrential rains caused by ex-tropical cyclone Oswald.

Back in December 2010 to January 2011, at least 38 people were killed, 200,000 people were affected and £20bn worth of damage caused by severe flooding in Queensland.

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