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Northern NSW : Rescue - Spring 2014
It was the first Friday of the July school holidays when 12-year- old Sienna Hamilton and a friend ventured down to Terrigal Beach for a walk. At the southern end of the beach is the popular Terrigal Haven boating and fishing spot. The Haven is sheltered from the east by Broken Head and its prominent Skillion. It is separated from Terrigal Beach to the north by a small rocky headland. It was this set of rocks that Sienna had decided to climb. Sienna’s mum, Kristie, describes her as a ‘bit of a monkey’. L ike any 12 year old, Sierra loves to climb, jump and play on everything . ‘T hey had climbed up about five or six metres,’ Kristie says, recounting Sienna’s version of events. ‘Apparently the rocks were starting to come loose and fall away. She knew she didn’t want to fall straight down onto the rocks, so when it started giving way she pushed clear.’ A bystander who witnessed the accident rushed to Sienna’s side. The tide was coming in and as each wave washed ashore Sienna lifted her head to keep it out of the surging water. She couldn’t move and her eyes were hazy. Carefully, Sienna was moved up the beach and out of the water. Sienna was in shock, Kristie recalls, but bravely she stayed calm as the ambulance arrived. She had pain in her left arm and in her hip. Her eyes were slowly starting to become clear and she had feeling in her legs. All precautions were taken as the Rescue Helicopter arrived, placing her in a neck brace and flying her and Kristie to John Hunter Hospital. ‘A lot of people have asked me what the flight was like, but in truth I don’t really remember. The view was the furthest thing from my mind,’ Kristie said. Sienna was monitored every hour overnight, her left arm in a cast above the elbow after having surgery to repair the bone. She had bruising and some internal bleeding, but fears of a neck injury were thankfully cleared and she was discharged Sunday. ‘I remember speaking to the nurse as I filled in admission forms and asking what the Rescue Helicopter would cost. I would have paid anything to make sure my daughter was safe but it was a sense of relief and absolute gratitude when I found out it was free,’ Kristie said. Rock-fall rescue AS THE ROCKS STARTED TO CRUMBLE UNDERFOOT IT WAS SIENNA’S QUICK THINKING THAT POTENTIALLY SAVED HER LIFE. AS SHE WAS ABOUT TO LOSE HER FOOTING ALTOGETHER, SHE PUSHED OFF THE ROCKS AND WENT INTO FREEFALL. ‘ The Rescue Helicopter is such an amazing service. Everything turned out so well for us, but I know that’s not always the case with people assisted by the Service. It’s really great to know it’s there if you ever need it.’ Sienna and Kristie Hamilton 18 Rescue Magazine SPRING 2014
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