A mother has spoken about the moment she rescued her three-year-old daughter from their submerged car after it flipped onto its roof and plunged into a creek.

Erica Morris, 25, lost control of her car on a dirt road through Woolooga, near Gympie, north of Brisbane, while driving her two young daughters and a friend to a birthday party.

“We flipped and we landed on our roof, straight onto the water,” she told 7 News.


Three-year-old Syndal was trapped inside the rapidly-filling the car for three minutes before her mother could pull her free.

‘She was blue, she wasn’t breathing, she was completely lifeless,’ Ms Morris said.

‘I had it in my head as I was walking to shore that I’ve just lost my little girl.’

The mother said she threw her over her shoulder and started hitting her back because she did not know the proper CPR technique.

‘We were half way to the shore when she whimpered and I swear to god it was the most amazing sound I ever heard,’ she said.

One very lucky little girl!

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  • How terrifying. What a story!


  • How terrifying. Amazing that they are all okay.


  • How flippin scary!! Thankfully it all turned out ok.


  • Thankfully turning her partially upside down at least some of the water may have drained via her mouth. She had to be got out of the water to do CPR anyway. Even when CPR isn’t needed you still need to be checked to make sure no water has been inhaled into the lungs (secondary drowning). Symptoms of it are not always immediate.


  • One very lucky little girl indeed. And so is her mum very lucky. This story could so easily ended in tragedy


  • Luckily that this story had an happy ending. I can imagine the scare she had!!


  • I can just imagine how uplifting that moment must have been when the little girl made a noise. I’m so very, very glad this story turned out well.


  • Thank goodness she is now well. So scary.


  • Wat a dreadful experience for them all.


  • So lucky! I think all parent’s should learn first aid.


  • what an amazing story :) And an even better outcome for them. Well done to her mum for being so brave and now inspiring others :)


  • What an incredible story!!


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