‘Without these two heroes in a tinnie I’d be dead’

ABOVE: Woodburn in flood. INSET: Robert May wants to find the men who saved hm. Photos: Contributed

Susanna Freymark

Robert May is looking for two heroes in a tinnie who saved him from floodwaters.

“Without them I’d be dead,” he said.

Robert was waist deep in floodwaters at his Woodburn home at 6am on Tuesday, March 1.

He had called the SES but they weren’t coming until daylight, Robert said.

“I would have died,” he said.

Luckily for Robert, two young blokes arrived in a tinnie to rescue him.

Robert managed to carry his computer, phone, toothbrush and few shorts and shirts with him into the boat.

The men took him to the evacuation centre at Woodburn Public School.

“Without them, I probably would’ve drowned in my own home,” Robert said.    

Robert is in Alstonville and will return to his home in Woodburn as soon as he can.

He is keen to find the two men who saved his life.

“These people, and many more are true heroes and it would be great to see them publicly acknowledged.

“It is because of their efforts that hundreds, including me, are still breathing.”    

Robert doesn’t know the names of the men. He said their tinnie was a fishing boat and had a centre console.

He wants to thank them.

“Expressing gratitude is not enough, but it’s about all we’ve got to offer,” he said.

“I’d like to thank them and put 20 litres of petrol in the tank.”

Two men from Woodburn-Evans Head Rd then transported Robert to Evans Head to the evacuation centre there.

He’d like to find them too.

If any of the men mentioned are reading this and recognise Robert, please get in touch. Robert is on Facebook or phone or message indynr.com on 0431 406 054 and we’ll get a message to him.

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