Bogged partner of 'pregnant' woman lied to police to get help

STUCK FAST: Police recovered the couple's bogged vehicle near Normanton several days after the incident. Photo: contributed.
STUCK FAST: Police recovered the couple's bogged vehicle near Normanton several days after the incident. Photo: contributed.

Police are furious about a couple that lied in order to get help quicker when they were bogged in the Gulf.

Brendon Fiander, 27 of Mackay, and Rita Tranter, 25 from New South Wales got their two-wheel drive Hyundai Terracan stuck on a station road last week having told police their GPS had directed them off the Burke Developmental Rd between Normanton and Four Ways.

Mr Fiander then walked 20km to Milgarra Station homestead to raise the alarm telling the 000 operator his partner was pregnant.

Normanton Senior Sergeant Duane Amos said that was not true.

“We’re disappointed they placed the safety of emergency services at risk by escalating those things,” he said. “We ask people to stick with facts and we will co-ordinate our response accordingly.”

The couple were taken to Normanton Hospital where they were treated for severe dehydration.

Senior Sergeant Amos said the couple would have ignored warning signs and crossed several swollen crossings on their drive and said the incident should be a warning to others.

“People are placing themselves and others at risk because of stupidity and poor planning,” he said.