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Philip Island tourist bus crash
A great effort by all the emergency services on Phillip Island with a difficult rescue last night involving a motor vehicle accident between a car and a coach with over 30 Asian Tourists.
(Report by Scott Hamilton)
I'm very proud of the members of the Phillip Island Fire Brigade who displayed great compassion for these traumatised foreign tourists with little or no English.
The way that the emergency Ssrvices all worked seamlessly together was fantastic. Rescue was ably undertaken by the Phillip Island and San Remo SES.
Casualties were treated by a fleet of Ambulances including 2 air ambulances ably supported by St Johns Ambulance doctors, nurses and mass casualties specialists. Phillip Island Brigade assisted with the tourists with advanced first aid and oxygen therapy.
The Brigade also provide fire coverage to the incident which was on both sides of the road. The coach left the road and ended up in a paddock after cleaning up a fence an windrow of tea tree.
Victoria Police looked after the huge traffic backlog from the nearby Penguin Parade and looked after identifying the passengers of the bus (luckily most were not badly injured). 8 tourists were transported to Dandenong Hospital by road ambulance.
The Phillip Island Brigade was supported by Bass Coast Group Officer and staff from District 8.
Fortunately for the people involved Phillip Island was operating with additional resources across all emergency services as the Tough Mudder Endurance Race is being held this weekend.
Phillip Island Captain Rodney Beale was wrapt with the outcome of what potentially could have been a very nasty accident.
The emergency services within Bass Coast Shire have a fantastic level of cooperation due to our location and that we have many major National and International events here on Phillip Island. This means that we are working closely together both at fires and incidents all year round and in the operational planning for all the major events.
All in all an excellent job at what could have been a very tragic incident.
The Phillip Island emergency services ask that everyone take care out there on the roads!