Lo­cal named award fi­nal­ist

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Clau­dia Alp

WHIT­SUN­DAY Is­land Marine Res­cue vol­un­teer Mal Pri­day has been an­nounced as a fi­nal­ist for the 2018 QBANK Every­day He­roes Awards in the Achieve­ment cat­e­gory.

Mr Pri­day has been with VMR Whit­sun­days for more than 15 years and said when he first re­ceived the email, he thought it was spam.

“It was en­tirely un­ex­pected. It’s just do­ing some­thing for the com­mu­nity and us­ing the train­ing and ex­pe­ri­ence that I’ve got,” Mr Pri­day said.

“I’m quite hum­bled by the recog­ni­tion.”

Among the many ac­ti­va­tions that Mr Pri­day has been in­volved in, his most notable oc­curred at a time when he was off-duty.

On Oc­to­ber 17, 2017, Mr Pri­day, his wife Linda and crew were en route for Pancake Creek aboard On The Level, amid un­pleas­ant winds and rough seas when Linda heard a cry for help at around 7am.

It was then that Mr Pri­day and his crew picked up Ruben McDor­nan, the only sur­vivor of the sunken trawler Dianne which over­turned off the Town of 1770.

Marine Res­cue Queens­land pres­i­dent Gra­ham Kingston as “a very straight­for­ward, like­able fel­low” and “a real as­set to the Whit­sun­days”.

“The busi­ness that we do is very much out of the pub­lic eye,” Mr Kingston said.

“Our vol­un­teers don’t get the recog­ni­tion they de­serve.

“We wish him all the best and it’s very much de­served if it’s a suc­cess­ful out­come.”

The 2018 QBANK Ever­day He­roes award win­ners will be an­nounced on Septem­ber 21.

PHOTO: PETER CARRUTHERS

Mal Pri­day has been an­nounced as a fi­nal­ist in the QBANK Every­day He­roes Awards for Achieve­ment.

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