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Northern NSW : Rescue Winter 2016
Good business Mudgee’s maroon boost Justin Lee was surfing a terrific break at Treachery Beach near Seal Rocks eight years ago when the delight of pulling into a barrel came to an abrupt end. A young girl in the surf at the same time let go of her board and as it sailed along the lip it caught Justin. ‘As well as whacking me, the fins cut open my shoulder blade,’ he recalls. ‘ I was in a lot of pain and went into shock.’ The isolated nature of Treachery meant the Westpac Rescue Helicopter was pressed into action. ‘ My wife and child were on the beach and I was going in and out of consciousness. Fortunately, there was a nurse on the beach and he was really good value. He hung with me and kept me conscious,’ Justin said. ‘ I have a vivid memory of how loud the chopper was and then being taken to the John Hunter Hospital,’ he said. In a wonderful extension of the story, Mr Lee has gone on to do a lot of work for the Service in his capacity as Managing Director of signage company Big Colour Visual. Not the least was the installation of the striking 12m wide photo of the helicopter on the curved exhibition wall at the recent exhibition at Newcastle Museum. ‘ I’m grateful to the Service for rescuing me from Treachery but also for the great work it continues to do in our community,’ Justin said. Rugby league great Darren Lockyer was the special guest at a charity evening at Mudgee Golf Club on 14 June. The former Broncos, Maroons and Kangaroos skipper had carried out a series of mine site visits in the morning as part of his role as an ambassador with One Key Resources. Former NRL player Todd Lowrie joined Lockyer at an informal juniors’ clinic in the afternoon. The “Evening With Darren Lockyer” included an auction of Australian and Queensland State of Origin jumpers. The event is hopefully the first of many to be held in the Mudgee region to raise funds for the Service. RescueClub Justin Lee Feature wall at Newcastle Museum exhibition 3 Rescue Magazine WINTER 2016
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