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Boy clings to tree for life before dramatic rescue in Australia

A teenager clings to a tree before being rescued Photo: Reuters

A teenage boy was dramatically rescued from fast moving floodwaters at a swollen creek as he clung to a tree in Queensland, Australia.

Authorities said the 14-year-old was lucky to be alive after the incident near the town of Rockhampton on Friday.

"The current was so strong it just took him away," Brett Williams from the Swift Water Rescue team, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

The boy was later taken to hospital where he is was reported to be in a stable condition.

The teenager's rescuer was himself swept under the waters after he transferred the teenager to his waiting team, but he later bobbed up safely further down the creek.

Torrential rain generated by ex-tropical cyclone Oswald has caused widespread flooding across the state.