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News & Media

  • Marine Rescue Point Danger crew rushes to injured skipper’s aid
  • October 08, 2016

A volunteer crew from Marine Rescue Point Danger has rushed to the assistance of a trawler skipper who had lost three fingers in an accident on board.

The MR Point Danger radio base received a call for help from the trawler’s crew about 9.15am on Tuesday, October 4.

Rescue crew members Kerry Kane, Chris Quinn and Gil Thomas, who were on maintenance duties at the unit’s boat base, immediately responded on board Point Danger 30.

Crossing the Tweed River bar, the rescue crew had rendezvoused with the trawler by 10.10am, transferring the skipper on board Point Danger 30 and transporting him to a waiting NSW Ambulance at the Tweed Heads pump out jetty, arriving at 10.30am.

The crew provided first aid assistance and monitored the patient’s vital signs throughout the journey to shore. Ambulance paramedics boarded the rescue vessel to provide further treatment before transporting the skipper to hospital.

Marine Rescue Point Danger Unit Commander Glenda Ashby congratulated the unit’s communications officers and rescue crew on their swift, coordinated response to the emergency.

“This operation demonstrated the benefits of Marine Rescue’s professional training, vessels and equipment to the members of our boating community,” UC Ashby said.

“This was a great team effort, with our volunteers working seamlessly to ensure this patient was ferried to shore safely and efficiently to receive medical treatment as quickly as possible.

“Congratulations to Watch Officer Graham Dutton, Radio Officers Janie Bladwell and Evelyn Partridge and trainee Darrell Todd, along with Coxswains Kerry Kane and Chris Quinn and Leading Crew Gil Thomas on a job well done.”


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