20 years ago, our brand new BK-117 aircraft landed on Brookvale Oval during the Round 22 clash with the Canberra Raiders. This match would go on to make history with the second largest ever crowd attendance at Brookvale with over 26,000 fans! We marked the anniversary of that milestone event for our service with a return to Brookvale Oval for the Round 1 clash with the Melbourne Storm on Saturday, March 8. Unfortunately the nail biting finish to the golden point match didn’t fall the Sea Eagles way, however the atmosphere for this match was absolute magic, and Lifesaver1 made quite an entrance!
We met up with Steve “Beaver” Menzies (on board with the match ball) and club sponsor Anthony Johnston from URM – at the Long Reef helipad around 6.30pm and soon after the aircraft could be seen humming against the eastern skyline before turning in over the Ken Arthurson Stand to land facing the players tunnel. The reception for Beaver was loud with a little help from Grant Goldman’s famous introduction, which made for a great crowd pleasing start to a highly anticipated match. Lifesaver 1 departed without incident to an appreciative applause of all in attendance. A great experience for everyone involved – and for us. Thanks to all the generous footy fans and corporate box holders, we raised almost $3,000 in bucket donations. And even better, new Sea Eagles sponsor Daikin will provide desperately needed air conditioning units for our Sydney Base. Thanks Daikin!
With over 23,500 missions flown over the past 40 years, the Northern Beaches has regularly engaged the support of our services, from winch operations off cliff faces and rocks, to boating accidents – and swimmers lost in rough ocean conditions. No rescued individual has ever been charged a cent for our services.
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