A 37-year-old Kambah man died late yesterday afternoon after the four-wheel drive utility he was driving overturned in fast-moving flood waters at Cotter Road, Coree.
A joint rescue effort was undertaken by AFP SRG Maritime water police, ACT State Emergency Services staff, ACT Ambulance Service staff and ACT Fire & Rescue officers, but severe weather conditions, fast-rising and moving water prevented the man’s rescue.
The man’s body was found 100m away from the vehicle in which he had been driving.
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Conrad Barr, chief officer, ACT State Emergency Service (pictured above), said he couldn’t stress more highly that people shouldn’t try to drive through flood waters.
“The current is often a lot faster than it appears, and sometimes under a couple of centimetres of dirty, muddy water you can have part of a roadway, or breakneck holes, or boulders, logs, all sorts of things that can catch your vehicle.
“It doesn’t take too much water and pressure against the side of a vehicle to turn it into a a temporary boat.”
ACT Policing is investigating the circumstances behind the incident.
More to come