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February 3, 2011
od on January 10, the
Shark 21 and Shark 22,
know they would play a
raging flood waters in the
T OF WILL
LCDR Tanzi Lea -- Captain
CMDR Paul Moggach -- Co-Pilot
LEUT Paul Coxell -- Systems Operator
LS Ben McNeil -- Aircrewman
AB Jason Thorpe -- Technician
The crew of Shark 22:
Evacuated 93 Forest Hill residents
to the Gatton Sports Ground
Evacuated 40 Laidley residents to
was waving for help. About 30 metres
before he reached POA Anderson, he
grabbed hold of a tree in the middle of
"The tree was only about six metres
above the waterline, so our intention was
to wait downstream until he came out of
the tree and catch him, like a goalkeeper,
but he wouldn't let go of the tree."
Shark 21 manoeuvred closer to the
man and POA Anderson pulled himself
towards the tree with the strop.
"After about 15 seconds the man let
go of the tree, made a jump towards the
strop and got into it," CPO Ballico said.
"I winched clear of the tree
and pulled him up into the aircraft.
Normally, we don't winch out of trees,
but we really didn't have any choice at
Its mission complete, Shark 21 deliv-
ered the man to Laidley Hospital and
flew to Amberley to meet up with Shark
22 and Black Hawks 201 and 220.
"We got back just before 9pm, so it
was a very long day. We had to get per-
mission to extend our duty day because
normally we're not allowed to work
more than 15 hours," LCDR Lea said.
CALL OF DUTY: ABATA Anthony
Peters helps Forest Hill residents
make their way towards a Sea
King helicopter before being
evacuated to Gatton to escape
rising flood waters.
JOINT EFFORT: (Above) With a Black Hawk helicopter landing in the back-
ground, residents board a Sea King at the Laidley Sports Ground for trans-
fer to Laidley Hospital to escape rising flood waters.
ON THE JOB: (Right) LSA James Inglish (left) discusses the manifest with
ABATA Jason Thorpe at the Forest Hill evacuation point.
Photos: POIS Damian Pawlenko
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