Patrick Martin tried valiantly to save Dave Collins.
Patrick Martin tried valiantly to save Dave Collins. Lee Constable

Residents try in vain to save man

SIX people tried valiantly to rescue 63-year-old Dave Collins when his mobility scooter took a wrong turn and was swept away in floodwaters in the heart of Sarina.

Mr Collins was a keen woodworker who liked his gardening.

He lived in a block of units next to the stormwater drain, was a friendly, chatty man who went up and down the footpaths several times a day, and was on his way home from Friday night drinks at his “local” when he accidentally missed the small footbridge over the drain and his mobility scooter went across grass into the drain.

Rescuers struggled through chest-deep water and were cut to pieces by razor-sharp grass and cane. They resorted to a motorbike for a quick search and also got a garden hose to use as a rope.

Karen Moss, who lives next door to the drain, said she was having a cuppa just before 10pm and was putting on her socks when she heard a splash in the drain and a faint cry for help.

“People from the other units came out and rang police.”

Jason Seymour started pumping the victim's chest to try to get water out of him.

Paramedics took over but Mr Collins could not be revived.

Police are preparing a report on the incident for the coroner.



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