Children stranded in flood waters

Last updated 14:11 21/01/2014

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Five children have been stranded for four days in a car with little food and water amid floodwaters in remote Western Australia.

The youngsters, aged between three and 11 years, were travelling from Darwin to Halls Creek along an unsealed road when the vehicle became stranded by floodwaters around 80km from the nearest Aboriginal community on Friday.

A search plane found their vehicle this morning, but WA police said they had little food left and were boiling water to drink.

It has emerged the two adults who were travelling with the children had both tried to get help, with one man walking about 50km to eventually raise the alarm at the Ringer Soak Community some time on Monday afternoon.

Police were told there had been three days' worth food and water in the vehicle when he left on Friday - with one child requiring urgent medication, and two of the other youngsters suffering from asthma and also needing medication.

Emergency services discovered early today that the man who had remained with the vehicle - the father of the five children - had himself decided to head for help.

He had swum across a river and located staff at a nearby station and then swum back across the river.

A WA police spokesman said a search plane was sent up at first light and the vehicle was spotted.

"We are now working to source helicopters to fly in and rescue the man and five children as there is no other way to get to them," the spokesman said.

"The first priority will be to obtain medical assistance for the children."

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