Swift water rescue crew in M'boro as precaution

A SWIFT water rescue crew of four men has been based in Maryborough since Sunday as a precaution in case Tropical Cyclone Ita severely affected more southern parts of the Queensland coast.

Queensland Fire and Rescue Service station officer Grant Feeney said the team had been deployed to Maryborough in preparation for severe weather in case they were required for rescues in the event of rivers rising.

Mr Feeney, who is usually based on the Sunshine Coast, has joined a crew member from Maryborough and two members from Hervey Bay.

"We've been occupying our time with training and the like and making sure that we're aware of areas around here that are common for people to get in trouble," he said.

Mr Feeney said the team would probably be disbanded on Tuesday as the cyclone tracked further off the coast and rain started to disperse.



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