A 79-year-old male cyclist spent an estimated four hours entangled in his mountain bike, and lying in a partially flooded stormwater drain on the Gold Coast, before he was rescued.
Emergency services were called just after 6am on Wednesday to a stretch of Peachey Road in Ormeau, between Caswell Court and Mobbs Place.
Queensland Ambulance Service paramedic Jaye Newton said the man was found in a culvert on the side of the footpath.
“It looked like he had missed the bridge and gone down on his mountain bike. He was tangled up in his mountain bike in the drain in the water,” he said.
“Unfortunately, he had been there for quite some time, he was very cold, he was partially in the water [and] his clothes were saturated.”
Mr Newton said the man suffered lower leg injuries, chest injuries and potentially had fluid on his lungs from the water. But, in positive news, the man was conscious and did not have any broken bones.
A Queensland Fire and Emergency Services spokeswoman said firefighters were called in about 6.40am to cut the man free from his bicycle and leave him in the hands of paramedics.
The man was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital in a serious condition.
Paramedics believed the man was entangled in his bicycle in the partially flooded stormwater drain for about four hours, from the time he crashed, to the alarm being raised and him being rescued.