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14-YEAR-OLD INVOLVED IN RESCUE AFTER MAN BECOMES CAUGHT IN RIP

Two people, one aged only 14, have helped rescue a man caught in a rip on the Mid North Coast. A group of three were swimming at a beach at Tuncurry, just before 6 o’clock last night, when they were caught in the rip. Two of the group managed to make their way to shore, but a 19-year-old man was struggling to stay above the water. A 14-year-old male and a 19-year-old woman swam out to help the man back to the beach. He was treated at the scene by paramedics before being taken to Manning Base Hospital where he remains in a stable condition.

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APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR ABORIGINAL NURSING AND MIDWIFERY SCHOLARSHIPS

Aboriginal people wanting to become a nurse or widwife are encouraged to apply for government scholarship and cadet programs. The scholorship provides up to $1,000 per subject for Aboriginal students in a Bachelor of Nursing or Midwifery. $15,000 is also available for registered nurses or midwives undertaking postgraduate studies. Kempsey’s Amy Thompson had a dream of becoming a nurse when she was five and achieved her goal through the program. “I faced many hurdles and dilemas throughout the strudy process but I’m fortunate with the help of the cadetship.” – Nurse Amy Thompson. Amy completed her degree at the University of Newcastle’s Port Macquarie campus. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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THIEVES STEAL SOFT DRINK AFTER DRAMATIC RAM-RAID IN KEMPSEY

Police are on the hunt for three men who rammed a vehicle through the front doors of a shop in Kempsey. The incident took place just before five on Friday morning, with CCTV footage revealing the men entered the store before fleeing with two bottles of soft drink. It’s understood the silver Subaru was stolen from Cresent Head earlier that morning. Police have since located the vehicle and are conducting forensic examinations. Anyone with information is urged to come forward. (VISION ONLY)

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CREATIVES FLOCK TO BELLINGEN

While many tourists are flocking to Mid North Coast beaches this summer, a camp for those with an artistic flair will entice many travellers inland next week. Preparations are underway for Camp Creative, which will take over the Bellinger Valley from Sunday night. Camp Creative’s chair, Paul Tipper, says the week long event brings significant economic benefits to the region, with more than 900 participants travelling from interstate and overseas. “So those people come they stay in accommodation, they eat food, they use the facilities, and they go away and tell their friends how wonderful Bellingen was and more people turn up who aren’t when doing Camp Creative.”

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THREE TO FACE COURT AFTER ALLEGED PURSUIT NEAR BULAHDELAH

Three people will front a local court on the Mid North Coast after an alleged police pursuit there yesterday. The pursuit began just before 2pm on the Pacific Highway at Bulahdelah, when police allegedly attempted to stop a yellow Hyundai Excel that was towing a red Holden Commodore. During the chase, the tow rope between the vehicles snapped at Possum Brush, with the red Commodore coming to a stop. Officers then deployed road spikes at Glenthorne, and the Hyundai crashed into bushland after the driver allegedly attempted to swerve around the spikes. The female driver and her two male passengers were arrested at the scene and taken to Taree Police Station. Among other charges, the 29-year-old driver from Queensland, was charged with two counts of police pursuit, driving a conveyance without the consent of the owner, driving while licence suspended, …

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