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Police want you to stay out of the drains

By johnboy - 26 October 2012 4

ACT Policing and the ACT State Emergency Service (ACTSES) have issued a warning to the community to stay clear of drains and fast-moving waterways following two incidents this month.

On Friday October 12, three girls were swept into Yerrabi Pond after losing their footing while attempting to cross a spillway, which had submerged due to heavy rainfall. One of the girls managed to move to the shoreline, while the other two were swept approximately 80 metres out into the pond.

An off-duty ACT Fire and Rescue officer swam out to aid the two girls, pulling them to shore. One of the girls, who was admitted to hospital in a critical condition, has only recently been released.

In a separate incident on Friday October 12, ACT Policing attended the waterways behind Giralang Primary School after receiving reports that a group of three young boys were rafting on dangerous flood waters. The boys had left the area before police arrived, and were not injured.

Acting Superintendent of ACT Policing Operations Greg O’Ryan said these recent incidents are a timely reminder of the hazardous and unpredictable nature of flood waters, and the dangers associated with heavy rainfall.

“Our message to the public is to stay away from flooded drains or waterways during wet weather conditions and straight after them. Don’t risk your life or let your friends risk theirs by crossing floodways or drains during heavy rain,” Acting Superintendent O’Ryan said.

“Parents are also reminded to ensure that children are not playing in flood-prone waterways, watercourses and drains as water levels can rise quickly.

“While we have trained divers and a tactical response capacity to help rescue people, we don’t want people to be in the situation where they need these services.”

The ACT State Emergency Service (ACTSES) also stressed the dangers of being in or around large bodies of water following heavy rain.

“Floodwater can be deeper and flow faster than it looks on the surface. It can also cover drains and erode surfaces that you cannot see,” ACTSES Chief Officer Tony Graham said.

If you see someone near dangerous flood waters, contact ACT Policing Operations on 131 444.

For assistance with flooding and safety information on protecting yourself from floods, contact the ACTSES on 132 500.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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4 Responses to
Police want you to stay out of the drains
gooterz 9:53 pm 28 Oct 12

police aren’t happy about draining their resources?

LSWCHP 9:06 pm 27 Oct 12

And my wife tells me that we know one of the Giralang rafting team. To put it politely, he’s not the sharpest knife in the drawer.

bikhet 11:55 am 27 Oct 12

LSWCHP said :

The Fireman who rescued those girls deserves a gong. Or several gongs. If ever there was an example of selfless unhesitating courage in the face of great danger, this is it. I’d like to shake his hand and buy him a beer.

My brother in law is a firefighter, and it’s a privilege to have him in the family. Him and his mates are the salt of the earth.

Agreed. Some of them can be ‘interesting’ characters, but they come up with the goods when the need is there.

LSWCHP 10:19 pm 26 Oct 12

The Fireman who rescued those girls deserves a gong. Or several gongs. If ever there was an example of selfless unhesitating courage in the face of great danger, this is it. I’d like to shake his hand and buy him a beer.

My brother in law is a firefighter, and it’s a privilege to have him in the family. Him and his mates are the salt of the earth.

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