Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Our High-Flying Heroes; A[euro][approximately].herea[euro][TM]s This Old Fella on Oxygen, Lying on the Bed.And Just Waiting There to drowna[euro][TM]

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Our High-Flying Heroes; A[euro][approximately].herea[euro][TM]s This Old Fella on Oxygen, Lying on the Bed.And Just Waiting There to drowna[euro][TM]

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Byline: Nicole Fuge

FLOODWATER lapped the mattress where an elderly man lay, having already resigned himself to the fact he would drown.

His wife hunched over the end of his bed, helplessly watching and hoping help would arrive.

It did, in the form of a crew from the AGL Action Rescue Helicopter.

Rescuing the couple in Pacific Haven, west of Hervey Bay, was one of three tasks helicopter aircrew officer Rick Harvey was assigned last Sunday...and one heall never forget.

aTheir house was inundated by water and the man was immobile. He couldnat walk out and even trying to get him into a tinny was a problem,a he recalled.

aWe turned into the bedroom and hereas this old fella on oxygen, lying on the bed, with water lapping at the side of his bed and just waiting there to drown.

aIt was really quite upsetting to see him lying there with the water on the bed, there was nothing he could do but be winched out of there.a

Mr Harvey said because the man was frail and on oxygen, they needed to winch him to safety without hampering his breathing.

aThe whole time he was scared and I kept yelling at him, a[approximately]keep breathing, keep breathinga a you could see he wasnat breathing,a he said.

aBy the time we got him to the aircraft we needed to get him on oxygen.a

The man and his wife were taken to the nearby airstrip where a Bundaberg crew was waiting to fly them to Hervey Bay Hospital.

During their time in Pacific Haven, the chopper crew also tended to people whose car had been washed away and rescued an elderly couple clinging to an upturned tinnie.

aAs we flew over it was amazing, this town was under water,a Mr Harvey said.

aI saw this house stranded on its own island with people waving for help, but weave got these three tasks we have to keep going.

aThat moment hits home a this is big.a

Mr Harvey joined the AGL Action Rescue Helicopter service five years ago and was part of a crew despatched to Gympie during the 2011 floods.

He said the hardest part of his job was making life and death decisions.

aYouare just going on your experience and gut feeling at the time and you have to make the call. …

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