Rescued gran sends thanks

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Patricia Byrne with family members, daughters Margaret Byrne, Caroline Sherbourne, son John Byrne grand children John and Madeline Byrne and daughter in law Margot meet acting Sergeant Steven Ball.
Camera IconPatricia Byrne with family members, daughters Margaret Byrne, Caroline Sherbourne, son John Byrne grand children John and Madeline Byrne and daughter in law Margot meet acting Sergeant Steven Ball. Credit: Laurie Benson/Picture: Laurie Benson, Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser Picture: Laurie Benson Albany Advertise

The 84-year-old great-grandmother who gained worldwide fame after being lost at the Stirling Range for three days, has sent a thankyou letter to everyone involved in her rescue mission.

More than 40 State Emergency Service volunteers joined the search team in December including special unit team, water police divers, dog tracker team and a helicopter crew.

To each and every one of them, Patricia Bryne would like to say thank you.

“May I say a massive thankyou to each and every person who interrupted their lives, to help in the search for me when I went missing from the Mt Trio Park Bush camp,” she said.

“I have learnt of the sheer professionalism of the police and every other group dedicated to the task, each focused and alert to the job at hand.

“To the many volunteers, campers and friends and neighbours of John and Margot Byrne, thank you — what a huge communal effort. And thanks to the Salvos for providing sustenance for the helpers. To the staff at the Albany Medical Campus, your efficiency and kindness was superb.

“To you all, arohanui ki a katoa. From your Kiwi cousin, Patricia Byrne.”

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