2011 Rescuer shot at Lake Buloke
At Lake Buloke, near Donald, in 2011, a rescuer was shot in the face and hands. She was extremely lucky not to have been killed or blinded.
This segment is a tribute to her courage and acts as a warning to all rescuers, whether experienced or not, who face serious dangers from duck shooters while on the wetlands.
Insurance companies regard CADS’ activities on the wetlands as too dangerous to insure.
Following the shooting, CADS was able to purchase the same ballistic goggles that the Australian Defence Forces use while on deployment overseas, which rescuers now wear on the wetlands.
20 March 2011, front page of the Sunday Herald Sun
19 March 2011 SHS protester shot in face
Ch 7 News story of the shooting incident
Rescuers in action wearing the new ballistic goggles on the
opening of the 2012 duck shooting season at Lake Buloke