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Northern NSW : Winter 2014 redo
Another milestone in care for people Bogey Hole Rescue The morning of Saturday 8 February was already shaping up to be a scorcher when Ben and a group of mates hopped on the bus at Cessnock for a day at Newcastle Beach. What started as a fun day out was turned upside-down when the group of 15 year old boys decided to cool-off at the famed Bogey Hole. While walking along the rocks at the notoriously dangerous headland to the ocean pool – carved out of the rock by convicts in the late 1800s – Ben lost his footing and fell heavily. He landed hard on his knee, his skin tearing against the rough rocks. Ben rolled over to reveal two deep cuts. He and his mates said they could see the white of his bone. Despite the obvious pain, Ben and his mates stayed calm. They wrapped a beach towel tightly around his leg to stem the flow of blood and called triple zero. They then called Ben’s mum, René, who despite Ben’s insistence that he was okay, jumped in her car and headed to Newcastle. When René arrived the paramedics and police officers were already on the scene assisting Ben. The paramedics down on the rocks wouldn’t let him move and it was too dangerous for them to attempt to stretcher him out, so the Rescue Helicopter was called in for a winch job. René said the pilots and crew showed enormous skill winching down close to the headland to pick up Ben. ‘You always assume the worst when the Rescue Helicopter comes,’ René said. ‘T he police and ambulance officers were great at keeping me calm. They even encouraged me to get some photos and videos of Ben being winched.’ Ben was airlifted to the John Hunter Hospital where he received stitches. After a week and a half, Ben returned to school with some new summer scars. René was amazed at how calm and in control all of Ben’s friends were throughout the ordeal. ‘T hey’re a great bunch of mates and I’m glad they were there with Ben,’ she said. René is a contractor at Drayton Coal Mine in the Hunter Valley and has supported the Service through the CFMEU. ‘You never think you’ll need the Service, but it’s great to know it’s there if you do.’ The CFMEU recently made a special donation to the Service. (Read more page 6). Newcastle Beach, Photograph by Newcastle Herald 3 Rescue Magazine WINTER 2014
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