Man risks life in rapid floodwaters to save trapped miner
WITHOUT hesitating, Scott Smith dived into rapid floodwaters to save a miner.
Scott's mum, Leanne Goodsall, watched in horror from the riverbank on Thursday night as the floodwaters swept the miner off a Kabra bridge and into the fast-flowing Middle Creek.
And if it wasn't for Scott's younger brother Jaykin Goodsall, 9, the miner could have died.
"Jaykin heard someone screaming for help so we rushed out with our torch to see who it was," Leanne said.
"We spotted the man in his vehicle on the bridge.
"He got out of his truck and was trying to make his way through the swift water travelling across the bridge.
"In that time I called emergency services ... they were saying throw a rope to him but within seconds he was gone.
"Scott just jumped in to try to save him ... they ended up 50m from the bridge, just opposite our house."
Leanne's house sits on the banks of Middle Creek. The bridge is about 50m from her house.
Leanne said the pair landed across the creek from her house.
Neighbours raced down to Scott and the miner's rescue and helped them up to their home.
"Scott stayed with the neighbours for the night.
"If he didn't jump in, that man could have lost his life."
Leanne only knew the miner's first name as "Ken".
She said it was believed Ken tried to cross the bridge to get back to Mt Morgan.
Leanne said he now has two heroes in her family after Jaykin saved a soaking galah, which dropped out of a tree.
"The bird was sitting in a tree the next morning. "All of a sudden the bird dropped right in front of us ... it looked tired so we took it in.
"We dried the bird and let it rest for a day then Jaykin set it free."
Brothers in arms
- Scott Smith rescues a miner from fast-flowing water at Middle Creek, Kabra on Thursday night;
- The next morning his young brother rescued a soaking galah.