26 September 2023

ABC revisits Lake Eyre tragedy

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The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) has marked the 10-year anniversary of a tragic accident which took the lives of three ABC employees by making some of their work available on its digital streaming platform, iview.

In a statement, the ABC said that, on 18 August 2011, the helicopter carrying camera operator John Bean, reporter Paul Lockyer and pilot Gary Ticehurst crashed on the edge of Lake Eyre in the north of South Australia.

“The three were working on a news documentary, one of a series of expeditions to capture footage of Australia’s spectacular inland waterway and tell stories of the outback,” the ABC said.

“To mark this sad anniversary, for the next month the ABC has made available on iview the documentary Lake Eyre, which showcases some of their beautiful work and includes a tribute to the three men,” it said.

The ABC said Mr Bean was an award-winning cameraman and master craftsman who worked for the ABC for two decades in Australia and internationally.

It said Mr Lockyer was one of the ABC’s most respected journalists who had a career which spanned more than 40 years and started as an ABC cadet in Perth.

Mr Ticehurst was the ABC’s lead helicopter pilot and, in almost 40 years of flying, he logged more than 16,000 hours at the controls and contributed to thousands of stories.

The ABC’s Lake Eyre documentary can be accessed at this PS News link.

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