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Northern NSW : Autumn 2013
Feature missions On 28 December, a Central Coast man was the victim of an unprovoked shark attack while surfing off Kylie’s Beach at Diamond Head, south of Port Macquarie. Police reported the 30 year old was sitting on his board when the shark bit into his right thigh. He tried to push it off with his left hand and lost his index finger below the knuckle and another finger was severely severed. With the help of a friend, the man paddled to the beach where he was stabilised by the Rescue Service before being flown to the John Hunter Hospital for treatment. The man identified the rogue shark as a Bull shark and managed to salvage a tooth from the experience which will be examined by the Department of Industries to officially determine the species. Eighteen year old, Matthew Allen, decided to “run away from his life” on 27 November last year when he headed into harsh terrain of the Berowra Valley about two kilometres from his family home in Westleigh. It was approximately 2pm on Australia Day when a pair of hikers noticed him; a confused and disoriented figure, near a creek. When police were alerted a Westpac Rescue Helicopter was dispatched to assist in the boy’s rescue. A rescue crewman and paramedic were winched into the scene but because of the difficult terrain had to hike down to the creek bed where Matthew was living. Walking him with assistance, the three men reached a safe winch point to be recovered by the helicopter, before being transported by ambulance to hospital. Staff at the Service’s Tamworth base received a generous donation from members of the New England chapter of the motorcycle enthusiasts Australian Goldwing Association. The Australian Goldwing Association held its 2012 Annual General Meeting in Armidale and proceeds raised from the event were donated to the Service and the Children’s Diabetic Clinic in Tamworth. Shark Attack at Diamond Head Teen boy found after two months Motorcycle enthusiasts generously donate Goldwing members presenting cheque to Chairperson of the Tamworth Volunteer Support Group, Barry Owen: (L-R) Peter Frewen, Wayne Foster, Richard Proctor, Lyn Pannan and Don Pannan The Helicopter’s employees have given back to the community that generously supports its life-saving services. On 1 February, employees and emergency services colleagues participated in a 24 hour paddle on Lake Macquarie to raise money for the Hunter Melanoma Foundation. Paddlers took to the water at 7am and followed an 8.3 kilometre course from Belmont 16 Footers until 7am Sunday 2 February. The event raised more than $10,000 for the Hunter Melanoma Foundation. Paddle for Melanoma Page 14 Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service - Rescue Autumn 2013