This morning i received a call form Campbell Smart. He is the 16 year old that was plucked from huge seas off Woolami last Sunday by VMR.
Campbell was pretty shaken up by the event, but both he and his family are so grateful to VMR and in particular Skipper Neil and the crew.
When he was rescued his core body temperature was right down to 32.5, he was exhausted and as he said "i am so very lucky to be alive".
He has been doing a lot of sport and keeping busy to stop himself thinking about the whole ordeal. He was off to Woolami today to get back in the water.
He asked me to pass on his thanks and gratitude.
I have spoken to Coops about this, and as usual he plays things down. But if it was not for the excellent boat skills he has, it may have been a totally different outcome.
The seas were around 5 metres and they had to work in close.
Coops also said that the crew Dave, Graeme, Jen & Sue did an amazing job getting Campbell into the boat so quickly, as they "had to get out of there".
Well done to you guys, and everyone please tell the crew "well done" when you next see them as it really was a big deal.
By the way, the Face-Book Post on this rescue has so far reached 12,632 people!!
The Water Police are trying to get Westpac chopper footage which i will publish on FB if we are able to.
This year will be a record year for VMR with way over 200 Water Police activated rescues.
You are all heroes!
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Tim Warner ESM, NM| President
VMR Mornington, Volunteer Marine Rescue Inc.
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