Speaker 1 (00:00):
The fallout of the Sea World helicopter crash continues to plague victims, witnesses, and the community. Now, those who saw the horror unfold could be denied compensation.
Georgia Costi (00:12):
Winnie De Silva’s life will never be the same.
Winnie De Silva (00:15):
There’s no way I’m going to helicopter ride in my life again. That is just something I will never do.
Georgia Costi (00:21):
Yesterday, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau’s first report detailed how there may have been a breakdown in communication between the pilots. It hasn’t put Winnie’s mind at ease.
Winnie De Silva (00:33):
I didn’t hear any conversation or radio calling at all.
Georgia Costi (00:36):
As the air safety watchdog’s investigation continues, attention is now turning to compensation, not only for victims, but witnesses too. They are recognized under law, but not by every insurer.
Peter Carter (00:49):
After all, if they’ve mandated insurance for bodily injury, why doesn’t it extend to mental health?
Georgia Costi (00:55):
That would need to be changed at a Federal level. Ron Drevlak was one of the first to race to help on that fateful day. He says he hasn’t slept well since.
Ron Drevlak (01:06):
I’ve obviously still got a lot of images and stuff in my head that I would rather not have. But yeah, that’s something I have to learn to live with.
Georgia Costi (01:16):
He isn’t wanting compensation now, but lawyers say the option should be available, a traumatic event with many flow on effects. Georgia Costi, 7 Gold Coast News.