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The 4th annual Australian and New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference will be held on Wednesday 23rd May 2018 at the Star Gold Coast. 

Mr Andrew Allan, MICA Flight Paramedic with Air Ambulance Victoria joins us at the Conference to present ‘Ocean Rescue 2018: Challenges, experiences and lessons from Bass Strait’.


Mr Andrew Allan

On the 14th January 2018, the vessel ‘Hollywood Boulevard’ was returning to Sydney after competing in the 2017 Sydney to Hobart yacht race. On board was a crew of six experienced sailors.

Approximately 80 nautical miles north east of Flinders Island, the 16 metre light-weight racing yacht suffered significant damage to one of its rudders, causing it to take on water. The crew realised the likely need to abandon the vessel and made the decision to activate a distress beacon. After being tasked by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority Rescue Coordination Centre, two aircraft from Ambulance Victoria’s Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) responded to the request for assistance and completed a successful rescue of the six stricken sailors.

This presentation details the challenges experienced by the responding HEMS crews, along with the factors that contributed to the successful outcome. Additionally, the unique water rescue training program undertaken by Ambulance Victoria Intensive Care Flight Paramedics is discussed, and placed in the context of this complex rescue mission.


Andrew Allan ESM is an Intensive Care Flight Paramedic Educator working on Ambulance Victoria’s Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS). With more than 25yrs experience in emergency service aviation, including over a decade as Chief Aircrewman for a voluntary helicopter rescue service, Andrew has a passion for aviation search and rescue. Andrew has been able to combine this experience with a professional career as a Paramedic to provide high level clinical care in the aeromedical environment, along with being instrumental in developing operational procedures and training programs including a successful water rescue training program for Victoria’s Intensive Care Flight Paramedics.

For information on the upcoming 2018 Australian and New Zealand Search and Rescue Conference please visit the conference website.



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