An Apollo Bay ambulance volunteer says helping save a woman’s life after her car plummeted down a 97-metre cliff stands out in his 36-year career.
Ambulance community officer Peter Biddle has received a 30-year service award from Ambulance Victoria, while fellow community officer Cheryl Parkin has received a 25-year service and mobile intensive care paramedic Ian Turrill has earned a 30-year award.
Mr Biddle said he began his training to become an ambulance community officer in 1980 and had accessed “different areas that you don’t normally go to as a normal citizen” including helicopter rescues.
But he said being part of a rescue at Cape Patton three years ago stuck in his memory.
“Ninety-seven metres she went down to the rocks in the car and they thought she was dead,” Mr Biddle said.
“I grabbed the binoculars from the local police and I leant down on the rail and I just could see her arm out of the wreck and I just watched her arm for ages and I saw a finger move and then I saw a hand move a little bit.
“Then I called out to everyone ‘she’s alive’ so we all had to get into it and get down there,” he said.
“We had to walk down a fishing track and then a chopper landed on the rocks at the bottom of the cliff and stabilised her.”
For the full story see today’s Colac Herald.