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A Wagga paramedic will return to the scene of one of the biggest disasters of the 21stcentury.
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NSW Ambulance Riverina District Duty Operations manager Eamonn Purcell will fly out to Japan next week for the fifth anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, which killed nearly 16,000 people.

The 9.0 magnitude earthquake caused a tsunami that wiped out whole towns and causing severe damage to nuclear reactors.

Mr Purcell was on call for Australia’s Urban Search and Rescue team when the disaster occurred.

He was deployed to Minamisanriku to help with the search and rescue operation there after the tsunami decimated the town. The height of the wave reached the fourth storey of the local hospital.

“It was just like searching through the Gregadoo tip,” Mr Purcell said.

Mr Purcell in a helicopter en route to the disaster zone.

“We didn’t get to help a lot of people, but it was more symbolic that we went over to help out.

“It was such a privilege and honour to be asked to help out.”

Mr Purcell was part of a team that searched around 18 buildings over 10 days –they found very few survivors.

He will be attending local ceremonies to mark the disaster and is looking forward to seeing how the Japanese have rebuilt from his first visit to the country in 2011.

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