Flood saviours recognised
HELICOPTER crews who plucked dozens of people from roofs, cars and trees a f t e r t h e ‘ ‘ i n l a n d t s u n a m i ’ ’ s t r u c k Grantham in southeast Queensland have been recognised with an international ‘‘ Rescue of the Year’’ award.
The a ward was a nnounced at a helicopter rescue conference in Orlando, Florida.
Emerg e n c y Manage - ment Queensland ( EMQ) helicopter crews saved 43 lives as they operated in foul weather after the torr ent s wept down t he Lockyer Valley on January 10, sweeping all before it.
T h o s e who manned EMQ Rescue 500 and Rescue 510 edged out other rescuers from around the world, including helicopter crews who went in under fire to evacuate the wounded in Afghanistan.
EMQ pilot Peter Row, who is at the conference, said he was totally surprised by the award.
Mr Row piloted Rescue 510, which happened to be in Brisbane as the t r a g e d y u n f o l d e d i n Grantham.