10 May 2023

Police officer in strife after floodwater mishap

| Matt Nicholls
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The police officer managed to escape without injury.

SENIOR Queensland Police officials will question a Chillagoe officer after he was swept off the road on Friday afternoon.

Cape York Weekly understands the officer was on his way back to Chillagoe from a routine prisoner transfer at Mareeba.

On his way back, near Almaden, he attempted to cross the Pump Creek causeway.

The floodwater swept the four-wheel drive off the road and onto the bank of the creek.

The officer was able to escape and was reportedly uninjured.

The vehicle was spotted being towed in Mareeba on the weekend after it was recovered by Barron River Towing.

Queensland Police Service said it would be investigating.

“A police 4WD was swept off the Pump Creek causeway, near Almaden late this afternoon,” a QPS spokesperson said.

“Around 4.15pm a single officer patrol was travelling along the Burke Development Road between Chillagoe and Almaden, with the officer returning to Chillagoe after responding to a call in Mareeba.

“The officer drove onto the causeway with the strength of the water current sweeping the vehicle off the roadway and into Pump Creek.

“The officer exited the vehicle and swam a short distance to the creek bank. He was physically uninjured.

“An investigation has commenced as to the circumstances surrounding this incident.”

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