Modest fisherman gets VMR gong for helping boaties
HELPING a fellow boatie was the natural thing for Wayne Johnson to do, but it made a huge difference to some fishermen in trouble.
The anglers were on a weekend fishing trip near Masthead Reef when a lost anchor turned a pleasant day on the water into cause for alarm.
Luckily Mr Johnson was nearby and his readiness to help led to his receiving the Volunteer Marine Rescue Safety Award on Saturday evening.
Although Mr Johnson was modest about coming to the fishermen's aid, he received high praise in front of a 10,000-strong crowd at Bray Park for HookUp on Saturday evening.
VMR radio operator Greg Klease said Mr Johnson's actions were those of a humanitarian.
"If he wasn't out there, the other boat would have been in a very uncomfortable position," he said.
"They decided to stop fishing and render assistance when the people in trouble had to abandon their boat after it began taking on water."