Yeppoon Coast Guard trains for seaborne emergencies
From The Capricorn Coast Mirror
YEPPOON Coast Guard and RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue took their training to the next level last week, all in the name of safety at sea.
Spectators were in awe as the water training operations displayed the teamwork involved in rescuing people and winching them to safety.
Yeppoon Coast Guard spokesman Arthur Hunt said the training exercise was one of around six that had been conducted this year to meet training requirements for Australian helicopter pilots, air crewmen and rescue crewmen.
"The Coast Guard provided the target vessel, which also acted as a safety vessel throughout the exercise," Mr Hunt said.
"The training provides us all with good experience that is priceless in a real-life emergency situation."
Senior air crewman check and trainer Nathan Triffett said keeping rescue experience current was vital and could make the world of difference where someone's life was at stake.
"The water is a dynamic environment where you are dealing with a moving helicopter and a moving vessel," Mr Triffett said.
"We do around 15-16 exercises each year and are called out on real-life coastal and water operations once or twice each month, so up-to-date training is crucial."
An ex-military crewman, Mr Triffett has been working with helicopters for the past 13 years and with RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue for the past eight. He is passionate about a role that is extremely rewarding, particularly when they save a life.
After a thorough briefing, participants conducted a full operation including hi-line vessel transfers, flare deployments, water winching and winching to a life raft.