Sur­vivors to share touch­ing sto­ries

Whitsunday Times - - CYCLONE ADA -

WHEN Cy­clone Ada tore through the Whit­sun­day re­gion in 1970, it had an ev­er­last­ing ef­fect on all those in­volved.

Now, 46 years later, those who worked on boats and sur­round­ing is­lands at the time of the or­deal have come to­gether to share their sto­ries.

Lo­cals are in­vited to at­tend the launch of a book­let which fea­tures the in­di­vid­ual sto­ries of some who survived.

The book­let, ti­tled Cy­clone Ada Marine Crew 1970, de­tails the per­sonal sto­ries, ex­pe­ri­ences and sur­vival tac­tics used dur­ing the se­vere Cat­e­gory 4 cy­clone.

The event will be held at the Reef Gate­way Ho­tel next week and or­gan­iser Glo­ria DeMar­tini said it would be the first time some of the sur­vivors had seen each other since the dis­as­ter.

“We have sur­vivors com­ing from Syd­ney to Cairns and it’ll be lovely for them to re­con­nect with old friends from 46 years ago,” Ms DeMar­tini said.

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