Rescue chopper here to stay

The Eurobodalla will have a helicopter rescue service in daylight hours for at least another 12 months, thanks to a cash injection from the State Government.NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell and Police and Emergency Ser-vices Minister Michael Gallacher this week announced $1.5 million in funding for Surf Life Saving NSW to assist Westpac Life Saver rescue helicopter services.The funding means the Moruya daytime service will continue seven days a week for at least another 12 months past June 30.“This funding will ensure this vital search and rescue helicopter service continues to provide a 24/7 service in the greater Sydney region and a second service on the NSW South Coast, operating daytime, year round,” Mr O’Farrell said.Moruya’s crew was kept busy this year with coastal rescues and inland flooding and on June 11 winched a 70-year-old man to safety after his boat overturned off Tomakin.Westpac Life Saver CEO Stephen Leahy welcomed the funding and said Bega MP Andrew Constance deserved particular thanks.“We know how hard he worked behind the scenes to make this happen and we really appreciate his support,” Mr Leahy said.“We are thrilled. We can now provide the fast-growing communities of southern NSW with a dedicated search and rescue helicopter year round.”Crew member Euan McKenzie, of Moruya, said the funding was “fantastic”.“It is only last week we were called upon to do a lifesaving rescue and who is to say we won’t be called again next week? We thought we were going to finish up work on June 30 but now we can keep going,” he said.“People still use the water and still go boating, fishing and bushwalking in winter and they still get in strife.”Colleague Joe Cleary said the entire crew was “excited”.Mr Leahy said the service would “continue to work closely with its colleagues at Surf Life Saving NSW, the NSW Police Force, the NSW State Emergency Service, Rural Fire Service and Australian Search and Rescue to provide a rapid and responsive rescue service”.“We will work closely with Surf Life Saving NSW to provide regular helicopter patrols along the coastline during the warmer months and this will assist their important work in reducing drownings,” Mr Leahy said.“We thank the Premier and the O’Farrell Government for their ongoing assistance.“This government support will make NSW a safer place,” he said.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on 苏州美甲培训学校.