New Zealand Bravery Award to rescue pilots on Whakaari/White Island

New Zealand Bravery Award to rescue pilots on Whakaari/White Island

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roger wadham started this petition to https://dpmc.govt.nz/our-programmes/new-zealand-royal-honours

When Whakaari/White Island erupted 47 people were in peril. The New Zealand Police refused to help. These helicopter pilots immediately flew into harms way to provide aid. Subsequently a total of 22 people died and 27 were injured, some severely. The prompt response by these pilots is without question, of the highest order we could hope for from our fellow man.

Quoted  from another petition to stop prosecution. " Mark Law / Tim Barrow - two names you probably never heard of - at least not until the Whakaari/White Island eruption. These two pilots along with others immediately took action when the eruption happened - flying out to the Island to rescue those badly injured in the eruption. They made a number a trips and many lives were credited with their swift action. They knew the risks and made a thorough evaluation before taking off to help the badly injured survivors. 

These are not amateurs, they are professionals. They fly helicopters for a living and regularly took visitors out to the island so knew exactly what they were doing. While other Govt agencies were reluctant to go out and conducts rescues Tim and Mark and their fellow pilots didn't hesitate, they flew out to Whakaari - landed on the island and did what they could to transport the victims back to the mainland. The emotional stress alone would have been tough for these men. 

Now - 12 months later Worksafe are prosecuting these two pilots. They have been charged under Worksafe Rules that they didn't provide due care to their passengers - in the case of Mark Law he wasn't even on the island when it erupted. It seems that Worksafe are looking to blame others for any little thing they can even though THEIR inspectors visited two months prior to the eruption for an audit and signed everything off as being fine. Maybe Worksafe should have a good long look in the mirror about where the blame lies.

These pilot unquestionably deserve bravery medals, The New Zealand Cross, NZC,

 

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