BUSY DAY FOR RESCUE CHOPPER JUST A DRILL

One of the most important days on the Westpac Rescue Helicopter’s calendar attracted plenty of attention in Ballina.

For two hours the chopper, Ballina Coast Guard, Surf Life Savers, and the yacht ‘ironbank’ ran through a number of drills.

The annual maritime training exercise off the far north coast is a chance for crews to run through updated salvage methods and brush up on their skills.

The scene caused a bit of concern from those enjoying the view at the Shelly Beach lookout, but onlookers were assured it was just a case of practice makes perfect.