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Collapse Issue 463 - 11 Feb 2019Issue 463 - 11 Feb 2019
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Nature strip parking fines withdrawn after protest
On-demand bus service will extend into The Bays
Woy Woy wharf to receive $4M upgrade
Surf club members praised for rescue of injured man
A 60th and a 70th anniversary held on Valentines Day
Empire Bay post office closes after lease expires
West St development to be considered by Council
Car and trailer in water after 'launching mishap'
Farnell Rd decision likely before the end of March
Corkwood tree may stay on proposed nursing home site
Woy Woy celebrations attracts 12,000, says council
Wagstaffe flag-raising
New boat for Marine Rescue
Chamber describes tunnel as economic game-changer
Applicant to take Killcare fence dispute to court
Comment period extended for caravan park proposal
Marquart asks for flood maps to be added to plan
Community Garden consulted about new policy
Tree group meets with council staff about urban strategy
CWA branch meets with urban tree group
Workshop about draft climate change policy
No money for St Huberts Island dredging, council told
Act now to prevents oil and gas rigs, says activist
Balloon twisting for children
Peninsula group pampers homeless people
Police seek help after home invasion
Young man wanted over store theft
Memorial garden for dolphin receives a refresh
Volunteers recognised at special ceremony
Peninsula events in Seniors' Festival program
Peninsula events for women's festival
Vintage cars on show at Ettalong
Tesch greets man on treaty mission walk
Free counselling offered for problem gambling
Charity holds fundraiser in Ettalong
Wicks drops in on home park
Another example of short-sighted non-compliance
Accolades go to those who worked for wharf upgrade
Conservation claims require comment
Thanks for TV guide
Aged care facility says it supports Royal Commission
Stroke volunteer asks locals to tell of 'stroke champions'
Money raised for family with ill son
Peninsula Village development to start in March
Money donated to woman diagnosed with cancer
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Noel Coward play opens Little Theatre year
Umina artist wins exhibition
Double header special at folk club
New playground equipment ordered
Music bus visits Umina
Dinosaur toys wanted
Straight into schoolwork on first day back
Healthy Harold visits Ettalong
Kindergarten students start school
Five new teachers at Umina
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Ettalong confirmed for national bowls championships
Junior lifesaver of the year
Ocean Beach finishes seventh in junior championships
Jemma was part of successful NSW team
Swans recruit new AFL players
Female soccer players wanted

Surf club members praised for rescue of injured man

Members of Killcare Surf Life Saving Club have been praised for their role in helping a 63-year-old man who suffered spinal injuries, having been dumped by a wave at Killcare Beach on January 27.

The man is expected to require extended hospital care and rehabilitation, but is expected to be able to "walk out of hospital".

Surf club president Mr Peter Bagnall said: "Just as we were sending the Nippers down to the beach on Sunday morning, word came up that the patrol was dealing with a potentially serious spinal injury after a 63-year-old man was dumped by a wave.

"With the patient reporting no feeling in his legs, the situation was not looking good.

"With the road ambulances significantly delayed, the Careflight chopper was dispatched to pick up the patient.

"Some truly impressive flying saw the helicopter landed in a pretty tight squeeze on the grassed area next to the main car park."

Mr Bagnall said the patrol "dealt with the incident in a textbook manner".

"It was a baptism of fire for Tristan Edema who was 15 minutes into his first ever patrol and was first on the scene.

"Spinal injuries are potentially catastrophic and require the utmost calm under incredible pressure to deal with as successfully as possible.

"Complicated by the patient's wife being understandably distressed and hyperventilating, the patrol team did an incredible job with a complex and high stakes operation.

"The club's honorary doctor, Dr Jane Shapiro, happened to be on the beach.

"Her help and advice were invaluable."

Mr Bagnall said duty officer Dave Sneddon set the Rookies to work on traffic and crowd control.

"They stepped up and played an important role in ensuring a smooth and quick evacuation," Mr Bagnall said.

"Word is that the patient has a long road of recovery and rehab ahead, but thanks in no small part to the initial care from the patrol, he will walk out of hospital.

"Both the patient and his wife wanted to thank everyone involved for the professional level of help, especially Dr Shapiro for keeping the patient's head still for such a prolonged period."

The victim's daughter Ms Hayley Bajada thanked the surf club members who assisted her father and said he was recovering slowly in Royal North Shore's Intensive Care Unit.

"It could have been such a different day for my family and I can't thank everyone enough that we still have him.

"Kiss your loved ones today. Life can change so quickly," Ms Bajada said.

The club also received a letter of thanks from Careflight aircrew officer Mr Kurt Pride, praising club members for its assistance.

"Please pass on our thanks to the patrol team and Rookies for all their assistance.

"They did an excellent job with crowd control and care for the patient.

"It was very much appreciated by our team."

After the airlift, it was business as usual for patrol members who had to deal with a day full of blue bottle stings and one small head wound.

Mr Bagnall reminded swimmers to remain aware of their surroundings while in the surf.

"This incident should serve as a bit of a wake-up call.

"We tend to get a little complacent on our home beach, but the legendary Killy shore dump can be incredibly dangerous.

"Treat it with care," he said.

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