24/06/2012 - Volunteers Key in Air Search
Last Friday the 22 of June 2012, Dyani Cobbold from Thornlie, answered the call for trained air observers to assist in the search for missing people, after a boat capsized off Christmas Island last Thursday. The jet left Perth Airport at lunchtime on Friday, and went direct to the search area. Dyani was one of 6 SES volunteers on the plane, which included 3 pilots.
“Dyani’s commitment to the community and the understanding of her employer and family allowed for her respond quickly”, said Paul Hollamby, Local Manager of Gosnells State Emergency Service (SES) Unit.
At the end of 8 search legs, the plane diverted to Exmouth for the night. It was 9pm by the time the search team got to their hotel after finding all shops and food outlets closed. The manager of the Seabreeze Hotel where the volunteers were staying; got out of bed and prepared a meal, as they had only had some snacks since lunchtime. Saturday was an early start for daylight, with 14 search legs completed before returning to Perth about 7pm.
Dyani was in one of the four planes involved in the search. The last of the 17 SES volunteers returned to Perth on Sunday, after spending between 2 and 3 days away from family. It is worth remembering that volunteers would not be able to make this commitment without the support of their families and employers.
Dyani training for one of her other roles in the Gosnells SES Unit