I have to say that the one guy in the team who doesn’t get enough recognition is the winchman. You’ve got the pilot, who’s just unbelievable, and the frogman who is outright mad, and then there’s the winchman who is the integral part of the whole situation. He’s the eyes and ears of the chopper pilot. Things were obviously going well because after there were four of us on the chopper I heard the pilot say, ‘These guys are good. Everything’s going well. We’re going to get them all.’ I had a big surge of relief - it was a fantastic feeling.
Sailor from the yacht Business Post Naiad speaking about his rescue during the 1998 Sydney to Hobart race, taken from Rob Mundle’s book Fatal Storm, International Marine/McGraw-Hill, 1999.