DRASTIC times call for drastic measures.
So when Moggill Ferry captain Greg Mole heard that the powers that be were thinking of sinking his beloved vessel in the midst of the flood crisis he instigated an urgent two-point plan. Mr Mole and former skipper Frank Dobias went to work to moor the vessel to the bank with five giant ropes in the rising current.
Then the pair flew two Queensland State of Origin flags in an act of defiance to authorities.
Just the thought of sinking the iconic Moggill Ferry was a sacrilege to Mr Mole.
"That was never an option for me. No bloody way," Mr Mole said.
"When we heard that they were thinking of sinking it, I said that you can't drop the ball midway through the second half.
"That's when we ran the flags up. You can't sink a boat that is flying two Queensland State of Origin flags. It was just a reminder that we never give up.
"It was a matter of getting the ropes out, which was a bit of a task because the currents were rushing through pretty quick.
"We had five guys here to help at that stage. The water was pretty high when we got them out.
"I was confident that we wouldn't lose it...but we still had to cut the power lines – because we were right up in those."
Mr Mole, who lives on the vessel, said he had "no notice" of the impending doom.
Water from the Wivenhoe Dam, Lockyer Creek and Bremer River funnels into the Moggill Ferry area to make it a treacherous point in the event of a flood.
"It is faster and deeper here than anywhere else in the river," Mr Mole said.
Stradbroke Ferries own the vessel and operate it on behalf of the state government.
Stradbroke Ferries CEO David Thomson said that while the infrastructure on either bank was damaged, he hoped the ferry would be back up and running soon.
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