A storm was brewing but no-one knew how bad it would be.
Peter Davidson is a humble but remarkable Australian. On December 26th 1998, 114 yachts left Sydney harbour in the annual Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, yet only 44 finished. Of the remaining vessels, 12 yachts were abandoned, 5 yachts sank, 6 men lost their lives and over 50 yachtsmen had to be winched to safety. The event is recognised as one of the worst Maritime disasters in Australian history.
Peter Davidson was a paramedic aboard the first rescue helicopter to reach the yacht “Standaside.” Eight men needed to be rescued.
For over 16 years, Peter Davidson has been employed by the RAV (Rural Ambulance Victoria), and for over 12 of those years he has been aboard Helimed One, the Victorian Air Ambulance Rescue Helicopter. Peter is a qualified Air Ambulance M.I.C.A., Flight Paramedic and Team Leader.
The crew has been recognised nationally and internationally for their bravery, skill and dedication, but as Peter relates, “Awards and recognition are great, but nothing was better than the smiles on the faces of the survivors and their families.”