Sunday 30th June 2013
Mac Holt Deputy Manager Kalbarri SES reports , With a big ocean swell a small boat was overturned with two people on board, in the ‘washing machine’ which is the Kalbarri river mouth. One person was rescued by VMR with their jet ski and received medical attention from an ‘off-duty’ ambulance officer. On the reef the other person, received prolonged resuscitation and expert medical attention but could not be revived.
The SES flood boat proved to be the ideal vessel as the crew were able to maneuver themselves alongside the reef on the estuary side in a ‘walk-on-walk-off’ position. This enabled efficient recovery of the deceased and shipment with medical personnel back to the waiting ambulance at the jetty. The flood boat returned to the scene and working with a local cray boat, recovered the overturned boat, and all debris. The rescue and recovery operation was performed by a combination of local emergency services – working together – Police, VMR, SES, St Johns Ambulance, Doctors, and local boat people.