The devastated mother of a Queensland man found dead in a flooded creek wishes God had taken her instead.
Suzy Allington is mourning the death of David Hornman, whose body was found in his submerged ute in the swollen Canungra Creek, inland from the Gold Coast, on Wednesday.
Swift water rescue crews and police divers fought strong currents to retrieve the vehicle with the body of the 38-year-old husband and father still inside.
Police believe the ute was swept away when flash flooding hit the Gold Coast and its hinterland on Monday.
In a heart-wrenching post on Facebook on Wednesday night, Ms Allington expressed gratitude to those who’d offered their sympathy and support.
“Thank you for all your messages – I wish God had taken me instead – RIP my beautiful son – you were the BEST xxxx,” she wrote.
Police say Mr Hornman was last seen leaving his father’s home near Canungra on Monday morning.
That was the day flash flooding hit the region, with the Gold Coast hinterland copping almost half a metre of rain from Sunday until the deluge stopped on Wednesday.
Police have said roads that normally don’t flood went under. Officers are preparing a report for the coroner.
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