Binoculars assist Coastguard in life saving effort

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Coastguard Noosa Cmdr. Andrew Leak and Bendigo Bank's Kerri Wright celebrate last weekend's rescue

All the sponsorships Bendigo Bank choose to involved in are special, but this one saved a life.

A Coastguard Noosa crew was in the right place at the right time to save an elderly man after he was pulled unconscious from strong currents near the Noosa river mouth last Sunday.

Noosa Flotilla Commander Andrew Leak was proud of the patrol's quick actions to save the life of a man in his 60s, who had just helped his two sons out of a tidal trap.

"Our guys were out on patrol at Doggie Beach. We've actually had to put out marker buoys out there now because there's some pretty hefty currents," Cmdr. Leak said.

"The boys were actually using brand new binoculars that Bendigo Bank had bought for the boat which are exceptionally good.

"They saw a boat waving at them and they went over. They'd pulled a guy out from the water after he dived into to look after his sons who'd got caught in this rip."

The commander said the crew rushed the patient back to the Coastguard's Munna Point headquarters as they performed CPR.

"He was out to it, knocking on the pearly gates. The boys kept him going for about 10 minutes," Cmdr. Leak said.

"They put him on oxygen and put him in the proper (recovery) position until the paramedics took him away."

Checks by Coastguard Noosa the next day at the hospital confirmed the man was recovering.

Cmdr. Leak said Coast Guard Noosa never makes too much fuss about the many boat rescues or people they assist week in and week out.

"We just do our job," he said.

Tewantin Community Bank branch manager, Kerri Wright visited Cmdr. Leak earlier this week and celebrated the outcome. Bendigo Bank's relationship with Coastguard Noosa is now in its eleventh year.

"We're proud to have contributed more than $30,000 to Coastguard during that time," Kerri said.

"We've co-funded the refit of their radio room with Council, purchased items and devices for the rescue vessels and floatation devices (PFD's) for the crew. But right now, we're proud to have funded the binoculars that have helped save a man's life," Kerri said.

"Our relationship has been built on our customers and shareholders urging us to continue Coastguard Noosa's tireless work on and off the water. We have such a beautiful but busy waterway here and it's always great to know they are here doing what they do best," she added.

 
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