Having grown up in Port Douglas with the Daintree Rainforest in his backyard and the Great Barrier Reef on his doorstep, Mitch thinks that there is no better beach or club in Australia than Port Douglas SLSC.
“FromApril to November, which is our patrolling season, the weather just seems toput it on for us,” Mitch said of the tropical weather in Far North Queensland.
“Weget the beautiful blue skies, the ocean swell picks up a little bit… justreally nice beautiful weather.
“Thelow temperatures would probably be around 22˚C, so perfect all year round.”
FromNippers, to his Bronze medallion, an IRB driver award and now a Drone pilot aspart of the Westpac Life Saver Rescue drone program, Mitch says that thecapabilities of the drones have given surf lifesavers a whole differentperspective on their environment and surroundings.
“Idid not realise how many manta rays, stingrays and stuff like that we havearound,” Knight said of water surrounding Port Douglas.
“Youcan always see shadows out the back, most of the time it is just a big clump ofsea weed but being able to go over and investigate… a lot of the time it’s beendolphins or eagle rays, manta rays, even whales occasionally.
“It’sbeen a whole different experience being able to get a birds eye view of thearea that you’ve lived in your whole life.”
Whileyoung, Mitch has a plethora of skills and experience behind him and notes onerescue in June 2018 just after he had completed his IRB Driver award, as one ofthe biggest rescue missions of his career thus far.
“Thatwas probably one of my first major rescues and it was straight off the back ofgetting my drivers award… and we were also at our first carnival of the seasondown at Mission Beach,” said Knight about the 2018 rescue.
“Acall came through initially that an elderly couple had twisted their anklewhile walking on the beach…we jumped in the IRB and as we progressed to thearea where we were told they were at we start noticing a lot of fire trucks andpolice vehicles there.
“Sureenough, there was a couple there who had fallen roughly around 20 metres fromthe lookout.”
Mitchand his fellow IRB crewman liaised with emergency services to help the twoelderly patients to be winched too safety by a rescue Helicopter and meanwhileMitch was able to drive the emergency worker back to land through the dark.
Tofind out more about how a freshly trained Mitch and his crew mate assisted and helpedemergency services rescue the two patients makesure you watch episode six of Surf Studio on the @SLSAustralia Facebook page or at sls.com.au/surf-studio/.
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