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Northern NSW : Autumn 2012
Medal of the Order of Australia for Quirindi volunteer Lindsay Maybur y, a well known and much loved character in the North West has been honoured in the Australia Day Awards. He is an original member of the Service’s New England North West Advisory Committee and the founding chairman of the Quirindi Volunteer Support Group’s Annual Quirindi Bush Dinner Dance. A little overwhelmed about being awarded an OAM, Lindsay who is involved in eight community-based committees in the Quirindi area, said he “never saw any problem in helping anyone” and always tried to do things that would make his community a better place in which to live. “ I’ve never done anything because I thought I would get an award or something as big as an Australia Day honour out of it,” he said. As well as his role in supporting the Service, he has been actively involved in the Quirindi Rugby Club for more than 40 years and, for the past five years, has served as the club’s president. He is also the president of the Quirindi Pony Club and a committee member of the Quirindi Show Society, campdraft committee and Apex club. “Often I haven’t known what I’m getting myself into,” he said. “But usually I’ll have a great time doing it.” Quirindi Volunteer Support Group’s Lindsay Maybury OAM. Distress beacon saves five men Five middle-aged men from Victoria were winched to safety 51km off Nobbys on 6 March. The men, who were on a fishing holiday, were not wearing life jackets in rough seas with some swells peaking to ten metres. Quick thinking by one of the men to retrieve a distress beacon from the boat before it overturned saved the men’s lives. The Service was alerted and tasked to the job by the Australian Search and Rescue Centre in Canberra at 3.15pm. The up-turned boat with three men clinging to the hull and the other two in the water holding a rope were located and the winching operation began. Crewman Danny Morris was lowered into the water and, one by one, four of the men were winched into the Bell 412 EP where two Ambulance Paramedics attended to them. The fifth man was winched to safety by the RAAF Search and Rescue Helicopter from Williamtown. The men were taken to John Hunter Hospital and treated for hypothermia. Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service - Rescue Autumn 2012 Page 5
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