Facebook and SES save family's day
FACEBOOK became more than just a social site for a Coraki family when they posted a message of help on it two Sundays ago.
On August 22, Trisha Edwards, her partner Sean Cosgrove and their three young children Addison, 10, Lilyana, 2.5, and Lucianna, 18 months, got caught on rocks at Broadwater in their 4WD.
"We go four-wheel- driving all the time," Ms Edwards said.
"We normally drive to the south wall at Ballina and then take the kids home via Broadwater and all the way to Airforce Beach at Evans Head.
"We always plan these trips for low tide as well."
Ms Edwards said they had tried everything to free the car when it became stuck.
"We were moving rocks but the wheels weren't touching the ground," she said.
It was then Ms Edwards decided to put a call out to her friends via Facebook.
"We often have friends take their own 4WDs to Evans Head and thought perhaps someone was around to help tow us out," she said.
The post read: "Does anyone have a 4WD drive and would help us, we are stuck on the rocks at Broadwater oops arh and the tide's coming back in".
While no friends were nearby, Trisha's mother Angeline Edwards immediately called the SES and wrote back to say they were on their way.
"Funnily enough the SES called me, but by that time we had gotten the jack out and managed to get off the rocks," Ms Edwards said.
"We turned around to go back to Ballina as the tide was coming in and we didn't think we'd have enough fuel to get to Evans Head."
It was here the young family got into real trouble when they tried to exit at Patches Beach and got severely stuck in the sand.
"I had to call the SES back and tell them we really were in trouble and they were there within the half hour," she said.
"They got out the electric winch and, as the SES guy put it on the car, he commented that he hadn't used it since helping rescue a young couple on New Year's Eve as their car was in the water on the beach.
"I had to tell him that was me he rescued."
Heavily pregnant with Lucianna nearly two years ago, Ms Edwards said they had camped on the beach that night and miscalculated how far up the tide would come.
"We would like to say 'thank you' to the SES for all their help," she said.
"We always try and donate to them because they are ordinary volunteers doing a wonderful job, not just in the emergencies but every day."