Swim school workers save cyclist from drowning
ONE Kuwaiti man is thanking his lucky stars after being rescued by two good Samaritans last Sunday night.
Pure instinct, combined with a valuable set of water safety skills, proved to be the hallmarks behind saving the life of a cyclist from the Lockyer Creek.
The man took a dip in the creek after losing his brakes heading down the hill towards Daveys Bridge.
Unable to slow his descent, the man hit a safety barrier and was launched down into the creek below.
If not for the actions of Gatton Swim Centre workers Casey Johns and Leland Wilce, a fatal scenario may have played out.
After finishing work at the Gatton Swim Centre, Casey Johns had pulled up at the intersection of East St and Crescent St in her car.
What happened next was a crazy turn of events.
"I stopped at the intersection and I saw this guy come down the hill and he was going too fast and he went over into the creek, which is pretty scary," Mrs Johns said.
"I rang Leland and said I need you at the creek - a guy's gone over, and then I rang the ambulance.
"I had the kids with me, so I couldn't do anything when I saw him go over.
"For a second it was like, 'Did that just happen?'
"Three seconds is all it took. If it had been three seconds earlier or later, I wouldn't have seen it."
Closing up at the Gatton Swim Centre, Leland said he heard screams coming from the creek and raced down after receiving a phone call from Casey.
"We found the guy in the water and he couldn't speak any English at all, so I've climbed down the creek and tried to converse with him a little bit," he said.
"From there I tried to settle him down a little, and I grabbed a dead tree from the side of the bank and performed a rescue with it.
"When the rescue crews rocked up, they couldn't get down to him because of the cliff, so they had to throw a lifejacket down to me, and I swam him further up the bank to a bit of a flat spot where the crews could work on him."
Leland said his water safety skills played an integral part in rescuing the stranded man.