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LARC Incident during 1974 Flood

This occurred on Moggill Rd crossing over Pullen Pullen Creek

During the 1974 Floods, the army sent LARCs (Light Amphibious Resupply Craft) to provide relief supplies to Moggill. They struck disaster when they were returning across Pullen Pullen Creek in the Saturday afternoon when one of them contacted the 110kV High Voltage Powerlines. The LARCs had travelled across Pullen Pullen Creek towards Moggill and back on the previous day, and towards Moggill in the morning, but by that afternoon the flood level was higher. The army had been informed that all local power had been cut, but the High Voltage Transmission lines were not 'local Power'. Army Captain Kerr on the leading LARC was trying to use the metal boat hook to lift the wires to allow for passage underneath. When the boat hook came within arcing distance, an explosion resulted. Corporal Neville Hourigan died at the scene and a Major was severely injured. Despite a long search Captain Ian Kerr could not be found. His body was located nearby after the flood had cleared. They served with the Citizen's Military Force, now known as the Army Reserve. Local Member of State Parliament, Bill Lickiss was also on the LARC and received the Queen's gallantry medal for the assistance he gave.

Courier-Mail Article Part1 Courier-Mail Article Pt 2
  • LARC 1 Before Incident
    Army LARC (Light Amphibious Resupply Craft) No.1 before Incident.
    Photo by Roger Todd
  • LARK 2 Before Incident
    LARC No.2 before Incident.
    Photo by Arnold Todd
  • Immediately after LARC explosion
    LARC 2 Immediately following the explosion of No.1 LARC.
    Photo by Arnold Todd
  • No2 LARK Accelerates to scene
    LARC 2 Accelerates to aid LARC 1.
    Photo by Arnold Todd
  • No2 LARK Accelerates to scene
    LARC 2 Arrives to aid LARC 1 in recovering people from water.
    Photo by Arnold Todd
  • LARC 2 assisting LARC 1 b
    LARC 2 assisting LARC 1 with recovery.
    Photo by Roger Todd
  • LARC 2 assisting LARC 1 c
    LARC 2 assisting LARC 1 with recovery.
    Photo by Roger Todd
  • LARC 2 assisting LARC 1 d
    LARC 2 assisting LARC 1 with recovery.
    Photo by Roger Todd
  • LARC 2 assisting LARC 1 d
    LARC 2 assisting LARC 1 with recovery.
    Photo by Roger Todd
  • LARC 2 assisting LARC 1 e
    A private vessel aids in recovering and transfering people.
    Photo by Roger Todd
  • LARC 2 assisting LARC 1 d
    LARC 2 assisting LARC 1 with recovery.
    Photo by Roger Todd
  • Same location after Flood subsided
    The same HV Powerlines soon after the flood. The wooden poled 110kV lines have since been replaced by 275kV lines on Steel Pylons.
    Photo by Arnold Todd