Boy was 'twirling around' after being sucked into drain
A nine-year-old boy sucked into a drain on the Gold Coast yesterday has described "twirling around" inside it for a terrifying 10 seconds.
Jye was on his way home from school with his family, walking across a bridge over the swollen Nerang River, when he was suddenly sucked out of sight.
"It happened so fast. As I was saying to get back, he was in," mother Danielle Thomson told 9News.
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Jye surfaced in the rapids of the river and Ms Thomson immediately jumped in and swam to his rescue.
"I just grabbed his arm and then we just swam over and just grabbed a hold of branches," she said.
Jye suffered cuts and bruises but was otherwise uninjured.
"All I felt was the roof covering me and I was twirling around under the drain," he said.
There was just a couple of centimetres of water over the bridge at the time but it was enough to cause Jye to loose his footing.
A flood watch has been issued by the Bureau of Meteorology for all South East Queensland river catchments after days of heavy rainfall.
The Bureau of Meteorology has warned of more intense rainfall to come, which could lead to life-threatening flash flooding.