IMRF Awards About & News Finalists 2019 Isobel Tugwell Captain SONG Yin Captain HUANG Zhibin Daisy Gallardo Marine Rescue Port Macquarie Coastguard New Zealand & Other Teams Floating Rescue Stretcher Use of remotely controlled assets in Maritime SAR Clay Evans Arthur Allen Categories Individual Women In SAR Team Innovation & Technology Lifetime Achievement People's Choice Media Gallery 2019 Sponsors Past Awards Awards 2018 Winners Finalists Media Gallery 2018 Sponsors 2018 News Articles Awards 2017 Winners Finalists Media Gallery 2017 News Articles Awards 2016 Winners Finalists Media Gallery 2016 News Articles Marine Rescue Port Macquarie, Sydney, Australia Winner of the IMRF Awards 2019 Category: Team In April this year, Marine Rescue Port Macquarie received a mayday alert that a 10m motor cruiser with three people on board had run into something hard at sea. The impact was so severe that two people on board had suspected back injuries and the third had a broken jaw. Two vessels were initially deployed to begin the search. It took some time to find the boat, as the crew member with the broken jaw – the only one able to communicate - could hardly speak. When they finally found the badly damaged motor cruiser, it was sinking. One crew member had a broken back, deep cuts and abrasions; the second had a suspected punctured lung, broken eye socket, broken ribs, and broken jaw, and the third had a broken floating jaw, broken eye sockets, dislocated shoulder and broken arm. Two rescue crew boarded the sinking motor cruiser and gave first aid, while the other rescue boats brought a water pump and two paramedics. The two casualties with back injuries could not be moved and a decision was taken to tow the vessel slowly home. But as the tow began, the vessel started sinking faster. The rescue crew decided to use the water to carefully float the injured out - very risky, because as the vessel sank there was a real chance it would roll. At no time did the Marine Rescue crew members leave the side of the casualties. As the water poured into the motor cruiser, the Marine Rescue members assisted the two with back injuries, by floating them over the stair through the cabin onto the back deck, where in no time at all the stricken vessel disappeared into the darkness, leaving the three casualties and 2 Marine Rescue members in the water. A third Marine Rescue vessel arrived to assist, bringing two paramedics, who were very impressed with the standard of triage carried out by the Marine Rescue volunteers. After a rescue operation lasting more than six hours, during which the Marine Rescue team demonstrated great skill and courage, they finally managed to get the casualties to safety. Photo Gallery Or view this gallery on Flickr. Video Photo Gallery of the IMRF Awards 2019 Day Or view the full IMRF Awards 2019 album in Flickr.