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These are the five who died in Cyclone Debbie's wake

AS we pull together to work through the damage caused by Cyclone Debbie, we remember those who sadly lost their lives.

 

Nelson Raebel went missing in Eagleby on Friday. His body was found the next day.
Nelson Raebel went missing in Eagleby on Friday. His body was found the next day. News Corp Australia

Nelson Raebel, 77, from Eagleby - caught in flood water in the southeast.

A FAMILY is in mourning after police recovered the body of 77-year-old man Nelson Raebel on Saturday.

Mr Raebel was last seen near Eagleby Road at 4.30pm on Friday before it is understood he was caught in rising floodwater.

Police recovered his body on Saturday afternoon not far from where he was last seen on Eagleby Road.

His family are still coming to terms with the loss of Mr Raebel, describing it as being "too much and too raw" to talk about.

It is understood Mr Raebel is the only flood-related death to have occurred in Queensland since ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie crossed the coast.

Matthew Roser died of a suspected heart attack as his home was inundated.
Matthew Roser died of a suspected heart attack as his home was inundated.

A family's "hero and best mate" died early Friday morning after rising flood water from ex-tropical Cyclone Debbie came rushing in through the home.

Matthew Roser, 46, from South Murwillumbah passed away from a suspected heart attack after trying to stop a powerful surge of water from gushing in through a door of the family's home.


His son Justin said the increasing water level caused his dad to have a panic attack before passing out near the toilet.

CPR was performed on Mr Roser while Justin called the SES and ambulance for help, but it was not enough to save him.

"He was a great man," Justin said.

"For such a small man, he was a giant, with a heart of gold and went at life 110 per cent per cent."

Jan Baihn died in flood waters when the vehicle she was in was swept away by flood waters in the Hunter Valley.
Jan Baihn died in flood waters when the vehicle she was in was swept away by flood waters in the Hunter Valley. Supplied

Jan Baihn, 64, from NSW - swept away by floodwater in the NSW Hunter region.

A heartbroken husband has paid tribute to his wife who was killed when their car was caught in a torrent of floodwater in northern New South Wales on Friday.

Jan Baihn, 64, was found inside her car which was swept off a causeway at Gungal, NSW, on Friday night.

Her husband Bob, 74, was inside the car at the time, but was able to escape.

He and Mrs Baihn's friends have been left shattered at their devastating loss.

"I can't believe she's not here," friend Rosalie Drew told Seven News.

"I remember her bubbly, friendly face. Always there for whatever was happening."

 

Mark Austin, aged 45, was found dead in his flooded caravan in Mulwillumbah, NSW, following severe flooding in the area.
Mark Austin, aged 45, was found dead in his flooded caravan in Mulwillumbah, NSW, following severe flooding in the area. Supplied

 

Marc Austin, 47 - died in his flooded caravan after Murwillumbah went under.

A mother has described being in "terrible shock" after her son was swept away in floodwater while asleep in his caravan.

Marc Austin, 47, was found inside his flooded caravan on Friday after rising water swept through Murwillumbah.

His mother, Shirley, took to Facebook to pay tribute to her son.

"God rest our son, lost in the floods," she said.

"It has been a terrible shock, the caravan was washed away by the flood water and Marc was asleep inside."

She said Mr Austin was now at rest with his own son, adding "peace at last".

Gitana Schiphoni, 35, of Murwillumbah.
Gitana Schiphoni, 35, of Murwillumbah. Supplied

Police have also confirmed the body of a woman was found around 8am on Friday south of Murwillumbah.

It is understood the 36-year-old woman was found on a flooded property after she disappeared from Upper Burringbar on Thursday night.

 

A German tourist, 31, was killed in a rain-affected car crash near Proserpine.

A German tourist was killed in a head-on collision near Proserpine last Monday morning.

Police confirmed the death was the first fatality to come from Tropical Cyclone Debbie, after wet weather was believed to be the cause of the crash.

The accident occurred on Shute Harbour Road, Cannon Valley, just before 8am when two cars collided at an intersection.

The male driver of the vehicle was uninjured, but a 16-year-old passenger of the other car was rushed to Proserpine Hospital with minor injuries.

 

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