Easter sees drowning, helicopter crash and stranded vessel
AS the Easter weekend draws to a close emergency services will be drawing a sigh of relief.
While no serious major traffic incidents were reported in the Far North Coast between Byron Bay and Evans Head, police and other emergency services were kept busy.
More than 1400 drivers have been caught speeding - including one who was travelling at almost twice the speed limit - on NSW roads since Operation Tortoise was launched at the start of the Easter long weekend.
Police yesterday urged drivers to slow down on the road on the last day of the operation, which has targeted drink and drug driving, speeding and other forms of dangerous driving.
Police said many drivers continued to act irresponsibly with one driver caught travelling at 117kph in a 60kph zone at Coffs Harbour
Westpac Life Saver Helicopter were tasked to a near drowning in Coffs Harbour where the patient was transported to Coffs Harbour Hospital in a critical condition, as well as the tragic drowning at Fingal Beach where a 30-year old male was announced deceased at the scene and a 20-year old male was transported to Tweed Heads Hospital in a stable condition.
On Friday evening, 26th March, a vessel became stranded off Brunswick Heads with a 57-year-old male on board.
Upon experiencing mechanical issues a second passenger swum to shore to raise the alarm.
After an examination of bar conditions, the vessel was taken to deeper water where it was anchored for recovery.
Lastly, police and other emergency services were call to a helicopter crash in Lismore.
On Sunday morning at around 10:50am, an 82-year-old male pilot survived a crash in a small helicopter at Lismore Airport with minor injuries.
The patient was treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance paramedics for non-life threatening injuries.
An investigation is under-way into the crash and will be conducted by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.