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THE RAAF Base Williamtown
CHC search and rescue (SAR)
helicopter winched three people to
safety from a stricken yacht on the
mid-NSW coast on May 12.
The helicopter was respond-
ing to a call from the Australian
Maritime Safety Authority's
(AMSA) Rescue Coordination
The yacht Ain Mara was in
distress in heavy seas and strong
winds 105 nautical miles off Taree.
The crew had radioed that the
yacht had torn sails and was out of
fuel. They also said they were very
fatigued and seasick.
The torn sails had forced the
yacht to turn back from a trip to
Lord Howe Island.
The RCC requested Defence
assistance with the rescue because
the Westpac 1 SAR helicopter was
unavailable at the time.
The CHC helicopter arrived on
the scene about 12.30pm, joined
by AMSA's SAR Dornier aircraft,
which provided top cover through-
out the rescue.
Medical officer WGCDR
Vincent Duffy, who was on board
the CHC helicopter, said he had
limited medical information on the
condition of the three yacht crew.
"They were reported as being
exhausted from the difficult sail-
ing conditions and one member of
the crew was said to be severely
seasick," WGCDR Duffy said.
"It was a cold day with gale-
force winds so my preparations on
the flight out revolved around being
set up to deal with hypothermia,
sea sickness and any injuries they
may have received during their
journey or from their evacuation of
"As each person was winched
on board I assessed them for the
presence of these problems but all
were in good condition and medi-
cal intervention was not required.
"Removal from the yacht
seemed an instant cure for sea-
The helicopter returned to
Williamtown shortly before 2pm.
The men were met there by a
ambulance, base medical staff an
personnel from 26SQN.
26SQN CO WGCDR Glen
Johnson said the three were taken
to the squadron to "digest the inci-
"We gave them time alone as I
was concerned they might have a
delayed reaction to their rescue,"
Despite it being a busy time at
the squadron, WGCDR Johnson
said his personnel went out of their
way to help.
"They arranged tea and coffee
for the three men, offered them dry
clothes if they wanted them, arranged
for chaplain support if they sought
it, arranged for a hot meal from the
mess out of hours if they wanted it,
ensured they contacted their relatives
on arrival, and stayed with them for
several hours until they were well
enough to depart the base for local
accommodation," he said.
"They declined those offers but
did gulp down several cups of hot
coffee in a hurry."
TEAM EFFORT: CHC SAR
helicopter pilot Andrew Tenison
Woods, front, with, from left, WOFF
Shane Armstrong from the Air Base
Command Post at Williamtown and
26SQN CO WGCDR Glen Johnson,
who both coordinated the rescue;
and base medical officer WGCDR
Vincent Duffy and CRC aircrewman
Geoff Abrahams, who were both
aboard the helicopter during the
rescue. Inset, the stricken yacht.
Main photo: CPL David Gibbs; inset photo
courtesy of AMSA AeroRescue
SGT Brian Hartigan
THE bottom line for Air Force looks
good from the 2011-12 Budget,
with funding of current operations
boosted and all major projects cur-
rently in the pipeline unaffected.
While not strictly a Budget
2011 expenditure item, the recently
announced C-17A purchase was
mentioned in Budget papers.
Defence Minister Stephen Smith
said the government approved the
purchase of an additional C-17A
from the 2011 US Air Force produc-
"This additional aircraft will
significantly enhance the Air Force's
long-range heavy-lift capacity and
its ability to provide the govern-
ment with a wide range of options
to support ADF operational tasks,"
It was also confirmed that the
opportunity to purchase an addi-
tional C-17A had removed the need
to acquire two new C-130J aircraft.
Therefore, this acquisition has been
cancelled, saving $111.3m over the
Mr Smith said that the govern-
ment would continue its investment
in Force 2030, as set out in the
2009 Defence White Paper.
While pre-Budget headlines
pointed to job losses across
Defence, Mr Smith said this would
come from a reduction in forecast
growth in the Public Service.
"Reforms to shared services
and other efficiency measures
means that Defence can reduce this
overall forecast growth by 1000
over the next three years.
"This will be achieved by natural
attrition, not hiring new staff and,
if required, some limited voluntary
But, he said, there would be no
reductions to the military work-
at the future
nd TEAM EFFORT: CHC SAR
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