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Northern NSW : Rescue Winter15
Record missions during ‘super’ storm Pilots and crewmen from the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service undertook 23 missions during six days of the recent April storms. Among the missions from April 20-26 were four search and rescue operations, three secondary hospital transfers and a relief flight. Service General Manager, Richard Jones, said both helicopters were operational with jobs including saving people stranded by floodwater, rescuing a man clinging to a tree, searching for an elderly woman washed off a roadway in her vehicle and transporting a woman in labour to the John Hunter Hospital (baby fine and now official Youngest Rescue Club Member). ‘ Our pilots and crewman worked 24/7 to help rescue and assist people across the entire natural disaster zone,’ said Mr Jones. Whilst acknowledging the value of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter is always greatly appreciated during times of crisis, Mr Jones said it is important to remember that ongoing support is needed to ensure future operations every day of the year. ‘ No one ever pays to be assisted by the Service, but its value is priceless. Now in our 40th year, we need to make sure this vital community service is around for another few decades to come,’ Mr Jones said. ‘ We are here to support our community and continue to need its help in return’. A young woman in labour stranded by floodwater at Gillieston Heights transported to John Hunter Hospital. Baby born at later date but now officially Youngest Rescue Club Member. Transported a patient with dislocated pelvis stranded by floodwater at Gillieston Heights to John Hunter Hospital. A male SES worker was transported from North Arm Cove to John Hunter Hospital after a fallen tree landed on his head. Attended a 78 year old female with chest pains isolated by floodwater at Maitland. Transported two patients to John Hunter Hospital stranded by floodwater at Paterson. Tasked to person stranded by flooding in the Cedar Creek area needing dialysis. Called to male with compound leg fracture caused by charging bull. Landed at Seaham on return leg due to poor weather. Tasked to Stroud for several people trapped on the showground grandstand and one person in floodwater on a fence. Tasked to a school bus swept off road at Martins Creek. Tasked to multiple flood-related requests for assistance at Seaham. Assisted in search for woman washed off a roadway in her car at Maitland. Called to a man clinging to a tree at Seaham. Called to assist a man who was trapped by floodwater at his Woodville property. Winched man and his dog to safety. The 23 missions during the storm included 15 PRIMARY | 4 SEARCH & RESCUE | 1 RELIEF FLIGHT | 3 SECONDARY HOSPITAL TRANSFERS Rescue Magazine WINTER 2015 5
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