Flash flooding claims a life near Lockhart

A MAN has been swept to his death by flash-flooding near Lockhart.The tragic accident occurred at 3am yesterday on a property about 10kms from Lockhart, with the man's car swept into the swollen Bullenbung Creek as he tried to drive through the water.Police confirmed the accident had claimed the life of a man in his 50s late yesterday afternoon after police divers were called to the scene.It is believed the man and a friend were leaving the property about 2.30am when they struck trouble trying to cross the creek and the Hilux utility was swept into the water.The second man, aged 25, managed to escape and flagged down a passing State Emergency Service (SES) crew from The Rock.SES volunteers searched up and down the banks of the creek from 3am until about 9am, joined by police, firefighters and ambulance paramedics, when the submerged car was finally located, 400m from the crossing.The depth and swift movement of the water made getting to the vehicle almost impossible until later in the afternoon when specialised divers arrived.A lack of visibility made searching the car more difficult and the man’s body was only retrieved about 5pm.Police are yet to identify the man and are continuing their investigations, while a report for the coroner will be prepared in the coming days.In the aftermath of the death, emergency services are reminding residents not to cross flooded roads during flash flooding.

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