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A lifeline for stranded WA family

An emergency food drop by helicopter.

It was a lifeline with a difference for a family stranded by huge rains in one of the most remote parts of Australia.

The Broome Red Cross team heard of the group – three generations of one family – who were left dangerously low on food and supplies when roads were cut off to their community on the Dampier Peninsula, more than four hours by road north of Broome.

Regional manager Loretta Bin Omar heard of the plight of the group – affected by the big wet in the aftermath of Cyclone Joyce.

Loretta organised some emergency relief supplies and worked with WA’s Department of Fire and Emergency Services for them to be delivered by helicopter to the beach, the firmest available terrain.

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