In June of 2010, PP Adele met a member of Samui Rescue when he visited a lunch she was attending. He gave a brief presentation on the work of his voluntary organisation which was called out on a regular basis to attend traffic accidents or emergencies elsewhere. There are over 200 volunteers in the Samui Rescue, all of whom volunteer their time without pay. Furthermore, victims of accidents are not charged for the service, which is funded by voluntary contributions. When PP Adele asked the member of Samui Rescue what the organisation lacked in equipment, he said a ‘Jaws of Life’. He went on to explain emotionally, that he had personally attended accidents where victims were trapped in their cars and subsequently died as it took too long to free them from their wrecked vehicles. He said that with Jaws of Life, they would be released much more quickly and therefore have a greater chance of survival.
PP Adele put forward the proposal that the club raise money for this essential piece of equipment, which was formally adopted under Presidency of Peter Breaks.
Before the end of the year, enough money had been raised to purchase a second hand set of equipment that had been thoroughly reconditioned. On arrival in Samui, a team of trainers from Suratthani visited Koh Samui and trained volunteers from every Samui Rescue station on the island.
To the club’s knowledge, the equipment has been put to good use many times since then.