Missing duo rescued from torrential floodwaters

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Two men have been found safe after they went missing in torrential rain while travelling to the remote Aboriginal community of Burringurrah in the Gascoyne.

Laurie Milly Milly, 73, and Rodney Taylor, 26, were last night located about 80km north-east of Meekatharra on Landor-Meekatharra Road.

Police said the pair were seeking refuge on the roof of their Jeep Grand Cherokee station wagon, surrounded by floodwaters, when they were found about 7.45pm.

The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre fixed-wing aircraft made the discovery and remained in the area throughout the night.

A rescue helicopter retrieved Mr Milly Milly and Mr Taylor this morning and they arrived at Meekatharra Airport at 6.15am.

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From there they were taken by St John Ambulance to Meekatharra Hospital for a precautionary check-up.

The pair left the Perth metropolitan area on Monday afternoon but concerns for their welfare were raised when they did not make contact with friends and family.

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