Qld man charged over toboggan rescue

Two boys feared swept away in Queensland’s floodwaters have been found safe and well after a desperate search for them.


But in a separate incident on a day of storm chaos on the state’s Sunshine Coast, a man will face court after he was caught taking a young boy for a ride on a single blow-up toboggan in fast-flowing waters.

The pair were rescued at a property in Woodford on Saturday afternoon although neither was injured, police said.

A 40-year-old local has been charged with public nuisance.

The rescue operation was one of two police were involved with on the Sunshine Coast following localised flooding throughout central and southeast Queensland due to heavy rainfall from Cyclone Marcia.

The search for the two teenage boys feared swept away in floodwaters at Beerwah was called off on Saturday afternoon after they were found safe and well.

The search was launched after a member of the public told police they had spotted the teens clinging to a tree amid floodwaters.

Eight police crews, multiple swift water rescue teams as well as a rescue helicopter were deployed to help.

But the pair contacted police about three hours later and said they were safe and unhurt.

“It appears the boys were able to reach land without assistance,” a statement from police read.

Police have put out a stern public warning saying “it would seem that the simplest of messages are often the hardest to receive”.

“Flooded creeks and rivers, fast-flowing waterways and watercourses and churned up oceans are dangerous places to play,” the statement read.