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Father, daughter spend two nights clinging to tree in flood water


A father and his young daughter have spent two nights clinging to a tree, surrounded by deep flood water in the Gympie region.

The pair became stranded between two sections of flood water on Friday night, with the man telling rescue crews the water began filling their car.

He and his primary-school-aged daughter climbed onto the roof of the vehicle, but were swept into the water in the darkness.

Thankfully, they were washed into a tree, which they managed to hold on to through out the weekend, without anyone knowing where they were.

The man says on the first night, he swam back to the submerged car and grabbed a rope, which he used to tie himself and his child to the tree, so they wouldn’t be washed away.

When the water subsided yesterday morning, the pair carefully climbed down more than 10 metres to the ground and made their way to a nearby homestead to raise the alarm.

They had suffered exposure, dehydration and a lot of insect bites.

The Toowoomba-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter crew has since airlifted a father and his young daughter to hospital for further medical attention.

It was the second flood-related mission in the Gympie region for the Toowoomba chopper crew.

On Saturday, the recue helicopter airlifted a man who had been injured after driving into floodwaters in the early hours of the morning.

The man in his fifties managed to get out of his vehicle and walk for approximately a kilometre, until he was able to find a house and call for help.

He was airlifted to Sunshine Coast University Hospital, suffering back injuries.