Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Teenager Thanks Helpers; Josh Surprises His Rescuers on Return to Crash Site

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Teenager Thanks Helpers; Josh Surprises His Rescuers on Return to Crash Site

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NICKY

MOFFAT

nicky.moffat@scnews.com.au

TEN weeks after the horror car crash that nearly killed him, 19-year-old Josh Harrison has returned to the site and thanked residents who were first on the scene.

Jeff Le Marseny, a local surf lifesaver, was among a handful of locals whose quick thinking and first-aid training saved Josh's life in the minutes before paramedics arrived, Josh's mother Debbie White says.

When Mr Le Marseny helped lift Josh into an ambulance on the night of the crash, he thought he would never see him again, he said.

But two weeks ago Josh came to the cafe Jeff and his wife Dani own, One on La Balsa, to say thanks.

"When I saw him the other day I felt...it was a miracle that he was able to walk up the stairs of that shop and talk to me, just as though not much has happened to him," Jeff said.

"His mum said to me on the day, 'oh you saved his life'."

But Jeff said he was one of many people who did all they could to help the "boys", after the ute they were in smashed into trees on Pacific Blvd on January 6.

He said every person should do first-aid training.

"There were a hell of a lot of people who were involved in the situation, from the people who were there a couple of minutes before me to ambulance, fire and rescue, helicopter service and the doctors," he said.

"Whatever they've done to stabilise him and get him on the way to recovery is a miracle, I believe."

Mrs White did not find out what happened to her son until he was at Royal Brisbane Hospital. When she arrived at the hospital with Josh's sister Hope and stepfather Deon, he was undergoing emergency surgery.

Medics, helicopter rescue personnel and strangers who donated items including cash and cake were among those she said played "an important role in saving Joshua's life. Just major". …

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