First rate 13 years VMR service

PETER Saunders was the Currumbin Volunteer Marine Rescue's president for 13 years and was only weeks ago succeeded by Gary Brown.

He remembered why all VMR volunteers' skills were vital during what started as one seemingly normal Wednesday morning.

"A man came up to me and asked if I did first aid and I asked why," Mr Saunders said.

"He said there was a man on the beach who had cut his leg and eventually a man on the first day of his holiday showed up with a red t-shirt on his leg.

"It was blood, so I stemmed the blood and in the meantime his little boy was crying.

"I reassured him and asked his wife to call an ambulance, saying he was perfectly all right but we were required to call an ambulance (and she needed to be preoccupied). Fortunately when he got to John Flynn Hospital, there was a vascular surgeon there who said to his wife 'go back and thank the man who saved your husband's life'."

Mr Saunders said a VMR volunteer's duties came down to training.

"It's about repetition of training, which can be very boring but is also necessary.

"Our organisation concentrates a lot on first aid but we hope to never need (to use) it."

He said he had many fond memories as the Currumbin Alley tower's main man and was still a member. "We are extremely grateful for the support we get from locals. Most aren't boaties but we still get their assistance."

You can support the Currumbin VMR at their Saturday raffles at the Pines Shopping Centre, Elanora from 9am until noon.

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