Crash sur­vivor tells: I’m dev­as­tated but blessed to be alive

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS - CHRIS CLARKE

fined by the in­ci­dent that saw her spend her first Christ­mas with­out her mother.

“I’m tak­ing my life back. I start by ac­knowl­edg­ing the se­ri­ously awe­some bless­ing that is hap­pen­ing just by be­ing alive. Right now,” she said.

“I will al­low my­self to have sad, an­gry or painful mem­o­ries. I hon­our the part of me that needs time to process those mem­o­ries and feel those emo­tions.

“But, those mem­o­ries do not need to dic­tate the en­tirety of my life now. Not if I have any­thing to do with it.

“And these mem­o­ries cer­tainly don’t dic­tate my fu­ture.”

The EC-120B op­er­ated by Hamil­ton Is­land Air and pi­loted by Mr Ed­wards-Bland ran into sus­pected en­gine trou­ble over Hardy Reef.

Ac­cord­ing to in­ves­ti­ga­tors, Mr Ed­wards-Bland saw a warn­ing mes­sage and an en­gine mal­func­tion dis­play ap­pear on the con­trol panel be­fore im­pact.

QUICK THINK­ING: Pilot Si­mon Ed­wards-Bland has been dubbed the Hardy Reef hero after pulling a woman to safety.

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