DAVES CASEY DIARY
MY TRIP TO CASEY AND MEDIVAC OUT
On the 9th, left home at 9.15am for Hobart. Arrived
in Hobart at 6.00pm.
On the 10th, stores training for the Bureau of Meteorology.
On the11th, Dental appointment in the morning, with
3 fillings, xray and cleaning.
On the 12th, fire training at the Tasmania Fire Training
On the 13th, second day of fire training. Fire safety and equipment training.
On the 16th, to Calvary hospital for a ECG stress test.
All expeditioners over 55 years
On the 17th, departed Hobart at 4.30pm on the Aurora
Australis, (Voyage 7), for Casey,
On the 18th, position -44.5S, 145.2E. Acclimatising
slowly to a lively welcome to
On the 19th, position -46.2S, 143.6E. Sea conditions still very rough, about 5 to 6 metres.
On the 20th, position -48.4S, 139.7E. Our current speed
10 knots, distance last 24 hours
On the 21st, position -51.8S, 135.3E. A shocking night
sleep. Winds up to 60knots, with
On the 22nd, position -53.5S, 130.3E. Seas calm overnight,
much welcomed. Making
On the 23rd, position -57.8S, 124.5E. Seas rough again
3-4 metres. Our current speed
On the 24th, position -60.3S, 118.3E. First iceberg
sighted today. Our current speed
On the 25th, position -64.4S, 111.1E. In the afternoon,
initiation ceremony for expeditioners crossing the -60 degs South line
for the first time. In the initiation ceremony, the expeditioner, must
kiss a dead fish, they are also subjected to a concoction of rotten dead
fish mixture put through their hair. I am an onlooker this time. Plenty
of weathered icebergs continually appearing. We entered into the sea ice
FALL ON THE ICE
On the 26th, position -66.1S, 110.3E. Arrived at Casey Station
at 6.30am local time.
On the 27th, I am in the medical ward at Casey. Doctors
Jeff Ayton, Andy Williams and
On the 28th, position -65.1S, 110.4E. Current speed
13 knots. Snowing quite heavily and
On the 29th, position -63.2S, 119.5E. Current speed
8 knots. Distance last 24 hours 263 Nm. Air temperature 0.6 degC. Sea
condition moderate to rough, swell 3-4 metres.
On the 1st, position -61.3S, 128.9E. Current speed 14 knots. Distance last 24 hours 251 Nm. Air temperature 3.2 degsC. Sea conditions moderate.
On the 2nd, position -59.5S, 136.3E. Current speed 14 knots. Distance last 24 hours 207 Nm. Air temperature 5.1 degsC. Sea conditions gathering fury.
On the 3rd, position -58.3S, 146.5E. Current speed 15
knots. Distance last 24 hours 332 Nm. Air temperature 4.4 degsC. Sea conditions
moderate to rough. The ship is rolling
On the 4th, position -55.4S, 156.8E. Current speed 15 knots. Distance last 24 hours 342 Nm. Air temperature 6.8 degsC. Surprise, Doctor Jeff reminded me it was my birthday today. My minders, helped me out of bed to get me to the mess for dinner, plus birthday cake.
On the 5th, position -54.3S, 158.5E. Distance last 24
hours 81 Nm. Air temperature 5.1 degsC. Arrived at Buckles bay, Macquarie
Island 7.00am. Cargo operations with Larc and helicopters commenced at
0930am. Larc operations suspended due to swell too high,
On the 6th, at Macquarie Island. Air temperature 8.4
degsC. Cargo operations with helicopter and Larc proceeding well. Fuel
pumped ashore commenced. Doctor Jeff
On the 7th, at Macquarie Island. Air temperature 8.3
degsC. Refuelling and cargo operations completed. I am taken by helicopter
onto Macquarie Island. I am able to
On the 8th, at Macquarie Island. Air temperature 8.3 degsC. I say goodbye to Doctor Andy Williams. Andy was one of three doctors to treat me for my head injuries. Andy commences his 12 months expedition as doctor on Macquarie Island.
On the 9th, position -54.7S, 158.3E. Due to adverse
weather conditions, retrieved all
On the 10th, position -49.4S, 153.5E. Current speed
14 knots. Distance last 24 hours 293 Nm. Air temperature 9.2 degsC. We
are traveling better than anticipated, and we are evading the adverse
weather as forecast so far. I am fronting up to the mess for my meals
On the 11th, position -45.3S, 149.5E. Current speed
17 knots. Distance last 24 hours 297 Nm. Air temperature 10.7 degsC. We
are cruising along in 1 to 2 metres seas. This is the
I WOULD LIKE TO THANK A LOT OF PEOPLE FOR MY MEDIVAC FROM CASEY STATION, ANTARCTICA BASE, TO AUSTRALIA. I OWE THEM A LOT.
Dr Jeff Ayton, Dr Andy Williams, Dr Tanya Kelly (Casey Doctor), Kim, (a radiographer), helicopter pilot for medivac Ric Piacenza, Casey station leader Karen, Casey nurse Dan, all Casey expeditioners involved in medivac, Voyage Leader Rob Easther, Deputy Voyage Leader Shane Hunniford, the “Aurora Australis” ship Captain Peter, and ship Crew, Met team Cliff Spencer, Bruce Alden, Segun Adewumi, Kerry Steinberner, returning expeditioners on the AA, in Hobart Robin Thiema, Jenny Coombe, Ian Hickman, Neil Adams and my Hobart minder Geof Beacon Fulton.
Home in Yeppoon
My family and I would like to thank everyone for their kind get well wishers.