A truck driver has been rescued from the top of his vehicle, which was stuck in floodwaters near Miles. Picture: RACQ LifeFlight Rescue
A truck driver has been rescued from the top of his vehicle, which was stuck in floodwaters near Miles. Picture: RACQ LifeFlight Rescue

Man winched to safety after 14 hours perched on top of truck

A MAN has been winched to safety after spending more than 14 hours trapped on top of his truck in floodwaters.

The man, in his 40s, apparently tried to drive his removalist truck through water near Miles about 11pm last night. He then waited for more than 13 hours before he was discovered.

He had to be winched to safety when swiftwater rescue officers deemed they could not safely reach him.

He was retrieved by the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter and returned to dry land where he was treated by paramedics.

The patient suffered from suspected dehydration, but was uninjured.

RACQ spokeswoman Renee Smith said the incident was an important reminder to not drive through flood waters.

"If it is flooded, motorists should absolutely forget it,' Ms Smith said.

"This man is extremely lucky to alive.

"When a motorist enters flood waters he or she is putting not only their life at risk, but the lives of emergency service personnel.

"If there is water on the road, find an alternative route or wait until the route is clear."

News Corp Australia

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