Local paramedics have shown their appreciation to the staff of the Tilpa Hotel who had been of great assistance to them during a rescue incident in Tilpa earlier this year.
Acting Station Officer David Truscott said the assistance given by Tilpa Hotel licensee Phil Mahoney and his staff was very much appreciated by paramedics.
Mr Truscott said Cobar paramedics were called to a patient in Tilpa just after 8pm on March 22 this year.
“Upon arrival on scene, paramedics quickly determined that a major incident was underway with one patient at the Tilpa Hotel and another male unaccounted for.
“Police from Cobar were dispatched to assist with coordinating search and rescue efforts and local Rural Fire Service volunteers and residents also flocked to the Tilpa Hotel to assist,” Mr Truscott recounted.
SES volunteers from Wilcannia also assisted in the search of the Darling River for the missing man with their flood boat.
“Staff of the Tilpa Hotel were very accommodating over the next couple of days, providing food, drink and accommodation to all parties involved.
“The hotel served as a base of operations for the search and rescue efforts until Police arrived to take over control – coordinating searchers via their UHF radio and allowing emergency services to use their landline phone to liaise with each other,” Mr Truscott said.
Mr Truscott recently returned to the Tilpa Hotel to present a Certificate of Appreciation to Mr Mahoney and to pass on the appreciation of all the responding emergency service personnel who were part of the search and rescue effort.