This morning at the Marine Rescue Port Macquarie unit, duty crew were given a training scenario where a 4m runabout with 3 POB onboard was hit by a whale as it breached east of Bird Rock.

The duty crew arrived at the distressed vessel to find 2 seriously injured people onboard; one with head injuries and unconscious, the other suffering from an open fractured leg and hand injuries. The man overboard was also retrieved.

All were successfully rescued and first aid administrated, including resuscitation as one patient took a turn for the worst.

All returned safely to the boatshed. Training is an invaluable tool in keeping our crew on their toes for real life emergencies.

Volunteers saving lives on the water.