Paper run cost Fred his life

A MAN died yesterday when his vehicle was swept off a road at Glenwood and submerged in flood waters.

The body of Glenwood man Fred Duffell, 82, was flown by the AGL Action Rescue Helicopter to Maryborough. He was the sole occupant of the vehicle.

Mr Duffell, who recently celebrated his 60th wedding anniversary, was well known in the small township. He is believed to have been on his way home after collecting the daily newspaper.

He was the sole occupant of the vehicle.

In extremely difficult flying conditions the AGL action rescue helicopter met with local police to assist with the search for people believed missing in floodwaters near Glenwood.

Gympie police were unable to get to Glenwood with the highway closed at Curra and Kilkivan police could not get through because a number of roads that lead to the highway were closed.

It is believed Maryborough police attended the scene.

Police can confirm that the second vehicle reported as swept away at Glenwood this morning was an unoccupied car which had been parked in a yard or paddock.

Investigations and next of kin notification is under way in relation to the male driver and sole occupant of the vehicle that was swept off Arborten Rd.

Both the Maroochydore and Bundaberg AGL helicopters were involved in retrieval and rescue operations and assisting in the Goomboorian area where one person was rescued and at Kia Ora two adults and two children were rescued from the roof of a house.

Two men were rescued from the roof of their car by two swift water rescue crews and an SES flood boat after becoming caught in floodwaters at Tiaro at about 1.30am.

The father, 65, and son, 26, were stranded on top of their car at Mungar Rd for more than three hours.

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