Rescue diver for the Australian Formula Powerboat GP on Sunday was Sean Walker, of Wisemans Ferry.
Rescue diver for the Australian Formula Powerboat GP on Sunday was Sean Walker, of Wisemans Ferry. Debrah Novak

Rescue diver scores front-row seat

SEAN Walker would have to have the best possible view of powerboat racing while cruising the Clarence on a jet ski.

He travelled all the way up from Sydney to be a rescue diver for the two-day Australian Formula Powerboat GP event over the weekend at Grafton.

He came with his wife, who is an ex-racer, and his father-in-law, who races. Both are an integral part of the power boat scene.

"I like to help out because I know how much everyone loves it, and besides I don't want to sit around and do nothing," Sean said.

In his day job Sean is a police officer at Wisemans Ferry, a sleepy rural area where he has a long distance to travel.

Sean loves the Clarence River and Grafton as a venue for powerboat racing, saying the river is a good one.

Having lived in the Brisbane bayside suburb of Redcliffe, where he was a dive instructor, he is used to being around the water.

"I belong to the Upper Hawkesbury Power Boat Club so am used to following the speed boat circuit, the people are really amazing," Sean said.



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