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Police wait for water to drop in search for missing driver

UPDATE SUNDAY, 9.30AM: 

POLICE are not currently actively searching in the flooded creek for the driver, but said once the water level drops they will recommence the search.

No missing persons' report has been filed, and police are still conducting enquiries into may have been driving the vehicle.  

UPDATE 2.30PM: 

A STOLEN vehicle which was submerged in flood waters at Scrubby Creek has been pulled out, but police are continuing their search for the driver.

Senior Sergeant District Duty Officer Max Bennett said at this stage they do not believe the driver managed to get out of the vehicle.

"At this point in time we're assuming the occupant did not get out of the vehicle. We will be conducting further searches down the creek and along this bridge," he said.

The LandCruiser ute had been stolen about 4am Friday. The Scrubby Creek crossing on Fairybower Rd was flooded after around six inches of rain fell Thursday.

Investigations are continuing, but it appears the car has been in the water since early Friday morning.

"The owner of the vehicle saw the vehicle being stolen and saw it heading towards this creek," Snr Sgt Bennett said.

"He has followed the vehicle but pulled right back because the vehicle was travelling at speed.

"The assumption at this stage is that it (the crash) occurred then."

Police are also appealing for the man's accomplice to come forward.

"From out enquiries it appears another stolen vehicle from Yeppoon might have been involved in this incident but turned off prior to the creek," Snr Sgt Bennett said. 

No one was found inside the vehicle. Police are appealing for the man, if he did escape, to come forward so they know he is safe. 

 

BREAKING: Emergency services are currently on scene at Fairybower Rd attempting to retrieve a car that has been washed into floodwaters at the Scrubby Creek crossing.

It is believed the car is the same one that was stolen from the area yesterday.

Witness Rick Ousten was driving past the crossing on his way to Gracemere around 10.40am this morning when he saw the top corner of the roll bar sticking out of the water.

He contacted emergency services as well as the owners of the stolen vehicle, who he lives near.

The rural fire fighter said in his time he has pulled a number of cars from the same creek.

"It runs really fast, it doesn't have to be real deep," he said.

Swift water rescue have been deployed in the creek to try and determine if there is anyone inside the vehicle.

Rachael Conaghan

Topics:  emergency services, qfes, qps, stolen vehicle, swift water rescue




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