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Mother-of-two, 34, is swept away in floodwaters after trekking across a river to pick up medication

EXCLUSIVE: Mother-of-two, 34, is swept away in floodwaters after trekking across a river to pick up life-saving medication – as a monstrous storm continues to lash Queensland

  • Ebony King, 34, not been seen since wading into fast-flowing creek in Rossville 
  • She knew the dangers, friends say, but was desperate to reach her medication 
  • A close friend said residents are praying for safety of a ‘bubbly, exceptional girl’
  • Her disappearance comes as the remote region of the state is battered by rain

Friends of a single mother-of-two who vanished after wading into flooded water have described her as a ‘wonderful, bubbly girl’ and are clinging to hope she could still be alive.

Ebony King, 34, has not been seen since she waded into a fast-flowing creek in Rossville in Queensland’s far north on Thursday evening desperately needing to retrieve her medication from home, her friends say.

Her disappearance comes as the remote region of the sunshine state is inundated by heavy rain and braces for a cyclone over the weekend. 

Friends of single mother-of-two Ebony King, 34, (right with daughter Carly and former partner James) who vanished after walking into flooded water have described her as an ‘wonderful, bubbly girl’ and are clinging to hope she could still be alive

Ms King (pictured) waded into the waters on Thursday evening but It wasn't until Friday that the volunteer fire fighter was reported missing after friends went to her home but could not find her

Ms King (pictured) waded into the waters on Thursday evening but It wasn’t until Friday that the volunteer fire fighter was reported missing after friends went to her home but could not find her

It wasn’t until Friday the volunteer fire fighter was reported missing to police after friends went to her home but could not find her.

A close friend in Rossville said there were a lot of people in the small community praying for Ms King – who she described as her ‘good mate’ and an ‘exceptional person’.

The friend told Daily Mail Australia: ‘She was a really strong and good person. She’s lived here all her life so she knows the dangers of flooded waters.

Loreen Adele, who also lives in the rural township and knew Ms King (pictured) growing up, said Ms King may have been able to survive the current

Loreen Adele, who also lives in the rural township and knew Ms King (pictured) growing up, said Ms King may have been able to survive the current

‘But she had to get across because she needed her medication.

‘She could be deceased or she could be alive and clinging to a tree. We just don’t know.’

‘There have been people who survive for days by doing that.’

The hotel owner said she herself was concerned for her safety and her business as the floodwaters were rising close to her property. 

Another friend of the family who also lives in the rural township and knew Ms King growing up said she may have been able to survive the current.

She said: 'We still hope for the best. She has been fighting the fires in Queensland and was a strong swimmer' (police search pictured)

She said: ‘We still hope for the best. She has been fighting the fires in Queensland and was a strong swimmer’ (police search pictured)

She said: ‘We still hope for the best. She has been fighting the fires in Queensland and was a strong swimmer.’ 

The friend said Ms King was separated from her partner, and was ‘just by herself’ at the moment with her two children Corey and Carly.

Rossville is located around 300km north of Cairns and there is only one road linking the area to The Mulligan Highway a few kilometers away. 

The unstable weather system heading towards northern parts of the state could become a cyclone over the Cape York Peninsula on Sunday morning, according to The Bureau of Meteorology.

The unstable weather system heading towards northern parts of the state could become a cyclone over the Cape York Peninsula on Sunday morning, according to The Bureau of Meteorology (pictured fallen tree blocking road near Cairns)

The unstable weather system heading towards northern parts of the state could become a cyclone over the Cape York Peninsula on Sunday morning, according to The Bureau of Meteorology (pictured fallen tree blocking road near Cairns)

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