Footage has emerged of a beloved pet’s lucky escape from a rising tide of sea foam at the height of this week’s storms on the Gold Coast.
The scene was captured as 7NEWS Queensland weatherman Paul Burt was just about to go live-to-air.
Hazel the dog’s panicked owner showed no concern for the frightening weather report as she desperately searched for her best mate, who had disappeared beneath almost a metre of sea foam washed up by the high seas.
“Hazel! Hazel!” cried the woman, walking deeper into the surf and pushing sea foam aside as she called out for her beloved pup.
The woman was soon aided by Burt, who clarified her dog’s name and began calling out alongside her.
Moments later, Hazel was scooped up into the arms of her owner – all of them relieved that the ordeal was over.
The close call came after the Bureau of Meteorology issued severe weather warning updates on Monday evening, with surf & tide hazards continuing on the coast.
The Bureau has since tweeted on Tuesday conditions are “generally easing”, though severe weather warnings remain in place for parts of Queensland.
Astounding images of the Currumbin surf club completely surrounded by water also emerged on Monday, with one Twitter user joking they would need “a snorkel and flippers to get in”.
By Tuesday, users were posting images claiming the inundation had been replaced with a layer of sea foam.
On Monday, 9News had posted footage of daredevil swimmers playing among waves awash with sea foam at Froggy’s Beach, also on the Gold Coast.
Meanwhile in NSW, SES crews have conducted several rescue operations since the wild weather began late last week.
Two adults jumped into floodwaters in an attempt to aid two children who were caught up and swept away at Tyalgum, west of Murwillumbah.
Emergency crews rescued all four of them.
The SES has responded to more than 1000 calls for help in the past few days.