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The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche


The ABC tragedy

Australia’s yachting community has paid tribute to ABC pilot Gary Ticehurst, who is feared dead in a chopper crash in South Australia.

His colleagues, veteran journalist Paul Lockyer and cameraman John Bean, were also on board the helicopter that crashed near Lake Eyre yesterday evening.

Ticehurst covered three decades of Sydney to Hobart yacht races and was an integral part of the rescue operations during the disastrous 1998 race in which six sailors died and five yachts sank.

Veteran yachting journalist and former Sydney to Hobart media director Peter Campbell says Ticehurst was well-known in yachting circles.

“A great loss, he was a wonderful character, a wonderful pilot, an absolutely wonderful, fearless pilot,” he said.

“He made a great contribution to the Sydney to Hobart race and yachting in general, because of his ability to to get close and capture those moments of drama at sea.

“And of course, he played a vital role in the search and rescue in 1998 in the gale, he was out there spotting boats and relaying their position and then again in the rescue of the upturned yacht Skandia, he was very much involved in that.

“He was instrumental in finding the positions of various yachts, he was out above the water in terrible conditions … he did make a very important contribution by relaying messages and that sort of thing.”


The Tributes, HERE

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  1. ALF1

    August 22, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    And just for the record. Some TT readers might have known veteran News Ltd journalist Dave Nason. ‘The Australian’ today, made note of his death, from cancer. I was in the NT where he worked for the NT News in about 1990 and he came before a magistrate on some minor infringement and gave his occupation.
    ‘Oh, you’re a journalist are you?’ came the cynical and unusual reply from the bench. I think the magistrate was hoping to get a laugh from the gallery at Dave’s expense, but instead he got a headline in the incorrigible NT News. It was when I first heard that wise truism – ‘never pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the ton.’
    Farewell Dave Nason from the old school. I wonder if St Peter said the same thing ‘Oh you’re a journalist are you…you’re going to be very lonely up here!”

  2. Paul de Burgh-Day

    August 21, 2011 at 11:38 am

    It is rather sad that this tragic event, which has taken the lives of Australia’s most experienced, most highly skilled news and current events team, has so far drawn one solitary comment.

    Accidents do happen, even to the most careful and experienced pilots. Whatever happened here, it was clearly sudden and catastrophic. On day we may know just what took place, be it mechanical, or some human event – like a sudden stroke?

    My heart goes out to the families of these men.

    What is so often not considered though is that countless others die before their time in accidents – passing almost without notice, except those who suffer their loss.
    Those who died suffer no more. In the ABC case, none of this trio will grow old and feeble and suffer the indignities of old age.

  3. Paul Tapp

    August 18, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    A tragic case of reporters making the news.

    Lockyer had been about for a long time and would have played no small role in inspiring new-comers to the complex world of broadcast news-gathering.

    A TV newsgatherer and documentary-maker relies heavily on camera crews to ‘be there’ and ‘get everything’…and I can understand that they became mates inseparable, until their very end.

    Extra tragically, the fact that the cameraman was the husband of Pip Courtney, the daughter of Michael, former editor, of Tasmania’s The Examiner, following in her dad’s footsteps.

    A veteran television journalist, visually translates so much into news for broadcast. For every story that Lockyer got to air, there would have been one hundred more he would have liked to have done. He would have had little time to reflect on the stories already gone to air, for he would have been chasing another.

    I daresay Lockyer and his flying brethren were regarded with much reverence throughout the entirety of the Australian journalism industry … and his sudden loss to his industry, his colleagues and his family, will reverberate for a long time.

    My personal commiserations to Pip.
    Paul Tapp, former The Examiner and ABC Hobart and Adelaide reporter.

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