A fearless young footy player has taken a swim on a flooded footy oval as Queensland endures its heaviest rainfall in nearly 30 years.
Footage posted online showed junior AFL player Angus Tremberth swimming on a flooded footy field at the Maroochydore Multisports Complex on the Sunshine Coast.
The teenager was filmed swimming near the posts as rain continued to fall around him.
Maroochydore Roos Senior men’s head coach Ben Jones told Daily Mail Australia it was an unusual sight.
‘We were supposed to train in the morning, but obviously that didn’t happen,’ he said. ‘Angus is a cheeky character, he told a few of the boys he fancied a swim.
In a clip uploaded online on Saturday, teenager Angus Tremberth from the Maroochydore Roos decided to go swimming on the Sunshine Coast – on a flooded footy field
Across Queensland, five people have died as the rain continues to hammer down (pictured, a vehicle submerged in flood water at Oxley)
Roads are flooded across the state’s south-east, with the wild weather set to hang around for the next 24 hours
‘As you can see in the video, it was pretty deep, about three to four feet, so it was something I am sure he will remember for some time.’
The flooding across south-east Queensland meanwhile has continued to worsen as wild weather leaves entire towns underwater.
The state’s residents on Saturday were warned the relentless rain will continue for another 24 hours.
Authorities have confirmed five people have so far died in the flooding in south-east Queensland.
The region is being pummeled by severe thunderstorms from a low-pressure trough, which has been sitting over the NSW/Queensland border for the past five days.
The Bureau of Meterology said the flooding on the Sunshine Coast is the worst since 1992.
Gympie Council has started evacuating 700 people living along the swollen Mary River, which will rise above its highest level in 23 years in the next 24 hours.
Recent rainfall figures show some areas have copped unseasonal levels of rain to start the weekend, with Mt Glorious in north Brisbane exceeding 900mm since Friday.
Forecasters predict up to 300mm of rain could fall in six hours in the region on Saturday night.
A severe weather warning remains in place for southern Queensland, with large flood warnings in place for Gympie and Yandina on the Sunshine Coast.
Gympie in Queensland’s south-east was hammered with more than a month’s worth of rain in less than 24 hours
Residents in Oxley in Brisbane’s south-west found themselves trapped as the wild weather set in on Saturday
Beaches across Queensland have been closed, ferries cancelled and flood warnings declared in multiple areas as conditions continue to worsen.
On Saturday evening, police divers found the body of a man, 37, in the Gympie region to see the death toll rise to five.
The development comes as a selfless SES volunteer who died trying to rescue a family trapped in floodwaters on Friday night in Queensland was remembered as a community hero who made ‘the ultimate sacrifice’.
Merryl Dray, 62, – a member of the Lowood SES Group – died when her vehicle was swept away as she tried to help a family escape rising floodwaters at Coolana, west of Brisbane, on Friday night.
Two men were seen on Saturday trying to rescue a tradie stranded on his ute as flood waters ravaged Queensland
Three others who were in the vehicle were successfully rescued from the floodwaters, but Ms Dray could not be saved.
QFES Commissioner Greg Leach paid tribute to Ms Dray, a volunteer with the SES for four and a half years.
‘Merryl was trained in storm damage response, first aid and traffic control and was passionate about helping her local community,’ he said.
‘The Dray family and the Lowood SES Group thank the community for the love and support that is being extended to them during this difficult time.’
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk also paid tribute to Ms Dray’s selfless act of service.
‘My heart goes out to this SES volunteer’s family, colleagues and friends,’ Ms Palaszczuk said.
‘This SES volunteer was out in the worst of the conditions trying to help her fellow Queenslanders.’
Five people have lost their lives in Queensland as a slow-moving weather system pummels the state’s south-east, as flooding continues to cause chaos for many residents. Pictured is flooding in Gympie
Police Minister Mark Ryan labelled the news a ‘terrible tragedy’ and that Ms Dray made the ‘ultimate sacrifice’.
In flooding described as the ‘worst in 30 years’, four people have now died across the state.
Gympie, north of Brisbane, was completely inundated by floodwaters on Saturday.
Aerial footage shows the town swamped by rising waters with the main road cut off and buildings submerged.
What you need to know: the flood situation in Queensland to date
- SES volunteer Merryl Dray died while responding to call for help in Coolana in Ipswich on Friday night
- Five people have died so far across Queensland
- Body of Camp Hill man found in water at Stones Corner in Brisbane’s south
- Gympie braced for worst flooding in living memory
- Very dangerous storm warnings continue for the South East
- Dozens of rescues under way across region
- All beaches closed on Sunshine and Gold coasts
- Wind gusts of up to 90km/h recorded in coastal areas
- Major flood warnings for: Mary and Mooloolah rivers, Maroochy and Noosa rivers, Upper Brisbane and Stanley rivers and the Bremer River, along with Laidley, Lockyer and Warrill creeks
- Ipswich residents leave inundated homes for evacuation centres
- Bruce Hwy between Brisbane and Maryborough currently cut in several spots
- Emergency Alert issued for Logan
- The Bremer River at Ipswich is currently at 12.97 metres and rising, with major flooding, the BOM has reported.
- Gympie City and Southside residents told to evacuate
- New storm warning issued for south-east Queensland, with falls of up to 300mm possible
The Bureau of Meteorology expects floodwater levels to continue rising and surpass the record of 21.95m set in 1999.
More than 300mm of rain fell in multiple areas around Brisbane, the Lockyer Valley and Sunshine Coast.
At Mt Glorious, north west of Brisbane, 690mm of rain fell between 9am Friday and 7am Saturday.
At Pomona on the Sunshine Coast, 535mm of rain fell up to 6am this morning.
The SES received more than 2,000 calls for help and carried out 132 swift water rescues in the last 24 hours across the impacted region.
Five people – including Ms Dray – have now died across the state, as conditions show no signs of easing.
A Queensland town is underwater and five people have died as the worst flooding in 30 years hits the state – with two people missing and 2,000 calls made for help
Gympie, north of Brisbane, was completely inundated by floodwaters on Saturday
Aerial footage shows the town swamped by rising waters with the main road cut off and buildings submerged
Regional city Gympie has been battered by heavy rain since the start of the weekend as the downpour rips across southern Queensland
A Queensland SES volunteer who was on his way to rescue a family stranded in flood waters has died as wild weather continues to batter the state and NSW
The body of a 55-year-old Camp Hill man was discovered at Stones Corner, south of Brisbane, at 1.30am on Saturday.
A 54-year-old man was killed when trying to ride a motorbike through rising water at Gympie and a 63-year-old woman’s body was found in a submerged car on the Sunshine Coast during the week.
Major flood warnings have also been issued for Mooloolah rivers, Maroochy and Noosa rivers, Upper Brisbane and Stanley rivers and the Bremer River, along with Laidley, Lockyer and Warrill creeks.