Thursday, August 24, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

There For You When You Need Us

What was a routine call out for VMR Whitsundays was nothing of the sort for a local 10-year-old.

The local Volunteer organisation provided a medical evacuation from Nara Inlet in late January after a young boy was injured when a fishhook became deeply embedded in his hand – an experience that was undoubtedly traumatic.

But the young fisherman was set at ease by the local Crew and let them know how much he appreciated their assistance by sending them a thank you card weeks later.

“As a 10-year-old boy I felt so safe onboard VMR and the crew who went above and beyond,” the youngster wrote.

“Thank you for coming to my rescue for what felt like the scariest time of mum and dad’s life. I appreciate all of the crew, the skipper, and all involved braving that massive swell those huge waves and poor visibility.

“I will never forget that crazy afternoon fishing for a red snapper but instead I hooked myself. I was so happy to see those lights on the VMR rescue boat.

“The smiles from the crew gave me reassurance it’ll be okay.”

VMR representatives said receiving the letter at a local barbecue gave them a great deal of satisfaction and emphasised that they were “there for you when you need us.”

“It was so nice for our Crew to know he had recovered well,” a VMR spokesperson said.

“It made the trip in squally, rainy and generally unpleasant conditions on that particular evening worthwhile.”

A 10-year-old's thankyou card to VMR Whitsundays for helping him when a fishhook became embedded in his hand

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