Tin Can Bay drowning tragedy hero 'just that sort of guy'
JOHN Edwards summed up his employee, Adam, in words that made it clear his loyal worker was the hero of Tin Can Bay's tragic Sunday on the water.
"If he hadn't been there, it would have been even worse.
"There could have been three drownings," Mr Edwards, owner of the Kybong trucking firm Edwards Transport, said.
"He'd pretty much do anything for anybody. He's a really great guy," Mr Edwards told The Gympie Times.
"He's been with us a couple of years.
"He's very loyal and he's a great part of the team."
Although he would not reveal Adam's surname, saying that was up to Adam, Mr Edwards was happy to talk about what he knew of his employee's courage and loyalty as a person.
And he did reveal that his heroic worker is out of hospital, though not back on his feet just yet.
"He's here, but he's been sleeping most of the day.
"We're looking forward to him getting back on his feet.
'He's pretty well spent today.
"It's been a bit of an ordeal for him.
"He was pretty well finished until the guy in the tinny turned up, Graeme I think his name was."
Mr Edwards was rushing to get pays organised for his workers late yesterday afternoon, but took time out to talk about what a great team he has, including relative newcomer, Adam.
"It's hard to get workers like that.
"I've had a good crew for a number of years, people who've been with me for 10 years or so.
"He hasn't been here that long, but he's one of the team.
"His friend who was with him (at Tin Can Bay) pulled one of the mothers out.
"There was a fair current running at the time and one of the mothers got into difficulties too, trying to help.
"A pretty strong current was running through there.
"He's really upset about the boy who drowned.
"It's very sad, but it would have been a lot worse if he and his partner hadn't been around.
"And he told me he'd only just got there when it happened.
"The boys were in trouble and no-one seemed to be doing anything.
"He's been on a trawler so I think he's had encounters with the sea before."
Mr Edwards said he was looking forward to Adam resuming work, but not until he is up to it.
"He wants to talk to you too, so we can make sure the story's right," Mr Edwards said yesterday.
"He says the police account of things is spot on, but some other things aren't.