CHC Group has announced that the pilot and aircrew of Rescue 651 have been recognized with a Commendation Award at the National SAR Awards held in Canberra, Australia. This Commendation Award commends the CHC Helicopter’s pilot and aircrew, along with a St John Ambulance Paramedic for their efforts in rescuing a twenty-seven-year-old man with a broken leg from the vessel “Fatal Attraction” near Israelite Bay, Western Australia on November 6, 2016.
This rescue took place in high winds and heavy swell, when the CHC Helicopter piloted by Craig Bowman, Aircrew Garth Fitzgerald and Critical Care Paramedic Ben Harris who retrieved the injured fisherman using a winch transfer from the vessel. This rescue took place off the southern coast of Western Australia, approximately 800km (500 miles) from the crew’s Jandakot base in Perth.
This crew is a part of the team that operates Western Australia’s rescue helicopter service on behalf of the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, were tasked with the rescue just after 1430 hours on the afternoon of November 6, and reached the vessel at approximately 1830 hours.