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Northern NSW : Summer 2012-2013
Shining light It was late on Sunday afternoon 7 October, when an abseiler was caught on a ledge off the coast of Port Stephens. When the crew were called to One Mile Beach it was already getting dark and almost impossible for them to locate him. Using their initiative, the crew were able to track him by calling his mobile phone and asking him to turn the screen towards the aircraft. ‘T hrough Night Vision Goggles, a mobile phone screen stands out like a torch,’ rescue crewman Glen Ramplin said. Despite strong southerly winds, pilot Kevin Ratcliffe did an outstanding job holding the aircraft steady throughout the mission as rescue crewman Michael Legge was winched down 100 feet through two sides of a gorge to the ledge. With the man finally secure, they were winched back to the aircraft where the man was assisted by paramedics and flown back to Anna Bay. It is great to hear that the man and crew returned home safely at the end of the day. NETS support The Service was recently asked to be part of a neonatal intensive care lift for a small baby in need of medical help. As part of the emergency care chain the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service is often tasked to assist NETS (NSW newborn and paediatric Emergency Transport Service) . The Service is one of only two operators in NSW that is NETS compliant and is able to fill gaps when needed. Our photograph shows Service Chief Pilot Mike deWinton assisting the specialist NETS team load a small baby on board for emergency transfer. Page 14 Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service - Rescue Summer 2012/2013