Chopper saves driver of stranded road train

Submitted: Thursday, Jan 08, 2009 at 19:41
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Further adding to the recent posts re NT Flooding on the Barkly Hwy

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Reply By: blue one - Thursday, Jan 08, 2009 at 20:06

Thursday, Jan 08, 2009 at 20:06
Doug,
Thanks for the posts.

I like the chopper pilot's comments where they found the poor bugger, landed on the roof and took him off.

No judgement, just a job to be done looking after another Aussie.

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Reply By: The Geriatric Gypsies - Thursday, Jan 08, 2009 at 20:58

Thursday, Jan 08, 2009 at 20:58
goodday doug
what was he on to cause him to keep going along the flooded highway

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Follow Up By: Dion - Thursday, Jan 08, 2009 at 21:27

Thursday, Jan 08, 2009 at 21:27
Probably the same stuff the three in the TLC were on.

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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (NT) - Thursday, Jan 08, 2009 at 22:10

Thursday, Jan 08, 2009 at 22:10
Steve
You read the story , the road was not closed at the time he made the turn off at Barkly Homestead , Unless you know the area, and just how quick a flood situation can occur in that vast flat area then I think your comment is inappropriate, it could have happened to anyone , the road is narrow and nowhere to turn around ,

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Follow Up By: bundy - Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 15:16

Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 15:16
Steve, the road gave way beneath him. and as mentioned, it was still open when he left.
what was worse is the idiot that got impatient at winton, and barrelled off, caravan in tow and went too fast into floodwaters, and lost it.
no idea what the clown was thinking. he couldn't have gotten any further than Mckinlay anyway.
The car and van are still stuck in the mud now.
Probably the same bloke that just pulled up and set up camp in the main street for 3 days blocking access to buisnesses, rather than going to the caravan park.
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Reply By: Rockape - Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 11:01

Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 11:01
I have just come out of the area and the flood water rose extremely quickly.

IES also had to send a chopper out to retreive a roadtrain driver that had become stranded on the Mckinlay Boulia road.
The only way we could access our borefields (running out of water believe it or not) was with a 45t excavator. Total journey of 60k plus.

This is what the country looked like 2 weeks ago, it is a pity that I don't have flood photo.s with me.

Abandoned Trepell Homestead.
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Follow Up By: Rockape - Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 17:58

Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 17:58
This is a photo taken earlier in the week before the flooding reached its peak.

The creek you can see, is the start of the Hamilton river at the bottom of the Selwyn Ranges .Image Could Not Be Found
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Reply By: possums - Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 21:38

Friday, Jan 09, 2009 at 21:38
Was working at the ranger mine Jabiru and when that cyclone was coming just before xmas. Decided to hi tail it out of there before i get stuck. so drove home xmas eve. smart move now it seems other wise i would be spending my time off stuck at work... Cheers tony .... ps good post Doug
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