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Video Of Boy Rescued From Swollen Oz River
A 14-year-old Australian boy has been pulled from a swollen river in a heart-stopping rescue caught on camera.
The teenager was clinging to a tree as floodwaters surged past him near the town of Rockhampton, in the state of Queensland, which was being pummelled by strong winds and rain.
A local TV crew filmed emergency services on the river bank as they called to the boy, and a lone rescuer is then seen wading towards him.
Eventually, in a life-and-death decision, the pair let go of the tree and are pulled along by the current, at times getting sucked under the fast-flowing river.
Moments later they get close to the bank and the youngster manages to grab a fallen tree trunk, but his rescuer gets carried away by the force of the water.
He was later found downstream, unhurt but shaken.
One eyewitness said: "Well, I came down here just to take photos of the creek and a boy came up to me and said my mate's stuck in the creek, so I went down to him and I could see that there was nothing we could do.
"He was hanging on to a tree and so I called (emergency services) and virtually just waited to make sure he was all right."
Another witness said: "All I saw was the boys stuck out in the middle there. And I watched the rescue, pretty scary.
"Lot of force out there in that water.''
The boy was taken to hospital and said to be in a stable condition according to local media reports.
There have been a series of water rescues in central Queensland following torrential rains generated by ex-tropical cyclone Oswald.
They caused flooding in the north of the state, which has now moved south.
Some major highways and more than 70 roads have been cut off, it was reported.
More than 50cm fell in 24 hours in parts of Rockhampton in central Queensland and the Bureau of Meteorology expects 20-30cm to fall in the south east at the weekend as ex-tropical cyclone Oswald continues its rampage down the state's east coast.
The 2011 floods, which claimed 35 lives, put many Brisbane suburbs under water.
Rockhampton has moved into clean-up mode after record rainfall left parts of the city without water or power.
Authorities are still searching for two men in a boat lost off the central Queensland coast.
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