SES crew honoured for heroic rescue of Gold Coast family during floods

Three State Emergency Service members who braved a flooded river to rescue a family stranded in their Gold Coast home have been acknowledged for their heroic actions.

Logan SES team members Jim Ferguson, Chris Holloway and Claire Browning were presented with the prestigious Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner’s Medal for Valour during a special ceremony in Beenleigh on Thursday.

Minister for Fire and Emergency Services Craig Crawford congratulated the trio, saying they were fitting recipients for the award.


“They received a call in the early hours of March 31 last year to rescue a family trapped in the Luscombe house by rising floodwater in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Debbie,” Mr Crawford said.

“The three launched a flood boat and battled a raging Albert River and dodged trees and powerlines to reach the family. They made their way inside the house and rescued a mother, her children and their grandfather, and two dogs.

“Minutes after everyone was safely on the boat, the torrent tore the house from its foundations and swept it downstream.

“The efforts of Jim, Chris and Claire saved the lives of that family and they are truly deserving of their award today.”