Rescue heroes

TASMANIANS have been recognised nationally for their search and rescue skills.

The State’s Westpac Rescue Helicopter crew scored the top award, the Professional Search and Rescue Award, for their outstanding efforts rescuing a seriously injured man at Cape Hauy on the Tasman Peninsula in February.

Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management Mark Shelton said the rescue crew was made up of individuals from Tasmania Police, Ambulance Tasmania and Rotor lift.

“I congratulate Senior Constable Chris Williams, Constable Nikki Mackintosh, Intensive Care Flight Paramedic Emily Byers, Pilot Chris Fahey, Senior Constable Callum Herbert, Constable Andrew Oakden, Constable Cameron Rennie, and Constable Phillip Vanderwal for their outstanding efforts,’’ Mr Shelton said while visiting Cambridge’s Rotor Lift headquarters.

“In addition, five Tasmanians received the Non-professional Search and Rescue Award for their efforts in rescuing a woman who fell at Parsons Falls in April.

“It was observed by attending paramedics that the quick decision-making and response from Athol Beer, Stewart Geard, Craig Neville, Anita Denholm and Kade Wooldrage made a significant impact, and almost certainly saved the patient’s life.’’

The honours were announced at this year’s National Search and Rescue Council’s Australian Search and Rescue Awards.

“On behalf of all Tasmanians, I would like to thank all award recipients for their courageous and selfless acts, which represent the very best of our community,” Mr Shelton said.

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