Teens rescued after near-drowning in Myall Creek
TWO teenage girls have been rescued by a group of Dalby locals when they became trapped in the Myall Creek while going for a swim.
When Ray Jones’ neighbour Steve heard the screams and called out to him for help, Mr Jones rushed to rescue the girls from the water.
The girls were located in the creek, near the newly built bridge near Amos street.
“They were out in the strong current, hanging onto a tree,” he said.
“They were struggling to hang on … we both bolted down there. We could go in there but we couldn’t quite reach them, we were two foot away from them and the current was too strong.”
The men called emergency services when they realised they couldn’t rescue the girls themselves, but when they saw the teenagers becoming fatigued and weaker by the minute, they decided to take action.
“There was about six or seven other people that turned up as well,” he said.
“We used a rope that nearly snapped in the process, and dragged them out.”
It was a combination of luck and gut instinct that Mr Jones and the group of people were able to rescue the girls before it was too late.
“If it hadn’t been for my neighbour Steve hearing the screams, nobody knew they were there,” he said.
“In a perfect world we would have waited for emergency services but you could see that they were getting tired and they were getting further and further back from the tree.
“In the end it took six or seven blokes to get them out.”
Mr Jones urged parents to warn their kids about the dangers of
“The currents are always stronger than they look,” he said.
“And you get very tired very fast trying to swim against the current.
“keep your kids away from the water. I was the same when I was a kid. If there was flood water I loved swimming in it … but it’s bloody dangerous. Just keep your eyes open.”