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In Video: Brisbane bridges saved during floods

Tug boat operator saves bridge as it gets washed away in floods

Watch as a courageous tug boat captain works to save one of Brisbane's most important cross-river links, the Gateway Bridges, from major damage.

Some 13 tugs and Water Police guided sections of the Riverwalk safely under the bridge and down the river after it started breaking away from the New Farm bank as heavy flood hit the region this week.

The 850m-long, 5.5m-wide piece of infrastructure, built about 12 years ago for $17 million, began breaking off its pylons yesterday.

Tugboat skipper Doug Hislop of Bowen Tugs and Barges said he was listening to the radio about 4am when he heard about a 400m section of boardwalk heading towards the Gateway.

"We didn't get a call-out. We heard it on the radio that it was coming down and I knew it would be a problem," Mr Hislop said.

He and other tug boat operators guided the broken section of boardwalk through the bridge pylons, saving them from damage.

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