‘Bones’ celebrates 10 years with RACQ CapRescue
Posted on February 15th, 2019
12/09/19 – Pilot Chris ‘Bones’ Manns celebrated 10 years with RACQ Capricorn Rescue last week.
His story began horseback mustering but he soon tired of that and got his helicopter license, helicopter mustering across a vast area of Australia, stretching from the Kimberley all through Queensland.
In 2003 Bones commenced as a Utility Pilot in Gladstone with Marine Helicopters (now Babcock). This role included night marine transfers, strip powerlines, fire fighting, lighthouse works and more. Bones remained in this role until 2009 when he secured his position with RACQ Capricorn Rescue.
The longest serving pilot of RACQ Capricorn Rescue, Bones encompasses a vast amount of experience and knowledge with over 7000 plus flying hours. During this time Bones has been an integral part of more than 1379 rescues and has seen a lot of changes to the Service over the years. He notes that Capricorn Rescue was the first to advocate twin engine aircraft, the first to have IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) and the first to implement NVG (night vision goggles).
His passion for the Service and what it provides to the community is evident – Bones notes the fact that he is responsible for assisting to save lives and keep communities safe is what he is most passionate about.
In terms of stand out tasks however, he states the Rockhampton flood of 2011 and 2013 as his. The 2011 flood event included the evacuation of the township of Theodore and winch rescues of persons from Lowmead, Bundaberg and Biloela.
The 2013 flood event was also significant and saw RACQ Capricorn Rescue tasked to more than 28 winches in a period of three days in the local area including Rockhampton and Gladstone, all with Bones in the pilot seat.
While there is an air of anxiousness with you as you arrive at the scene of an accident or rescue, working with a professional and focused crew to help someone in need is what it’s all about for Bones. “A positive
outcome at the end of the mission is really the greatest reward you could receive” Bones says.