Mother of 19-year-old driver who lost her car in crazy flood waters reveals exactly what happened in the moments after she was winched to safety by a hero passer-by
- Shocking footage of Ford Fiesta being swept away in floods went viral Tuesday
- Teenage driver’s mother has spoken out thanking hero who saved her daughter
- She said her daughter didn’t try to cross causeway but another car caused issue
The mother of a teenage Australian driver who narrowly escaped floodwaters before her car was swept away in a raging torrent has thanked the hero who saved her.
Footage of the moment the woman was helped to safety before her Ford Fiesta flipped over and was carried downstream was shared by Queensland Transport on Tuesday as a warning not to cross flooded roads.
However, the driver’s mother said her daughter Samantha actually didn’t try to cross the water at Springbrook near the Queensland New South Wales border – but rather another car caused the issue.
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The driver’s mother thanked a hero who pulled her daughter from car in floodwaters and lead her to safety (pictured)
‘She’d gone through a bit of water further up the road at the same time as a 4WD and it completely inundated her car with water and everything shut down,’ she told A Current Affair.
‘No brakes, no electrics, nothing and she just coasted down the road until she came to a complete stop on the causeway.’
Luckily a stranger ventured into the water to help and pulled her from her car moments before the force of the water carries the car away.
‘We are so thankful to him, he’s an absolute hero. I don’t know where we’d be without him she still might have been sitting in that car. The water was so high by the time we got there.’
The video emerged as Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk urged people to stay off roads as the south-east of the state was battered with more than three-months worth of rain on Monday and Tuesday.
‘We are in for a severe weather event. If you do not need to be on the roads, please don’t. We have already heard reports of some land slips that are occurring, especially in the Gold Coast hinterland,’ she said.
Queensland’s Department of Transport said the Ford Fiesta (pictured) stalled when it was crossing the causeway and the driver was able to get away safely
Similar clips were also shared online including a ute losing traction trying to cross a swollen creek at Wongawallan, near the Gold Coast on Monday.
Other cars were pictured submerged in water up the windshield while trying to drive in the scenic tourist spot of Tamborine Mountain nearby.
Parts of the Gold Coast recorded falls in excess of 200mm to 9am on Monday, including 263mm at North Tambourine, in the Gold Coast hinterland.
This would equal almost three months worth of average rainfall for the Gold Coast region, with more than 100mm forecast for Tuesday.
Another motorist lost control of their vehicle while trying to plough their ute through raging floodwaters in the Gold Coast’s northwest (pictured)
Brisbane city and surrounding suburbs also saw widespread falls of 100mm. Beachmere, north of Brisbane, recorded 208mm.
The SES responded to more than 500 requests for assistance in the area since 5am Monday.
Southeast Queensland is still expected to receive more rain, though not as heavy on Wednesday, before sunny skies return on Thursday.
The SES on Tuesday morning reported crews attending 9700 calls for help across NSW (pictured), including 870 flood rescues. Pictured: Port Macquarie