Newcastle RAAF Air Show 2023: Swimmers briefly evacuated from water as canister washes ashore during display flight

Simon McCarthy
Updated November 19 2023 - 3:40pm, first published November 18 2023 - 6:44pm

A minor incident during the afternoon display of the RAAF's Newcastle Air Show on Saturday briefly forced the evacuation of swimmers from the water after a signalling device dropped from one of a P-8A Poseidon while it performed its manoeuvres over the water washed ashore under a strong current.

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Simon McCarthy

Simon McCarthy

Journalist, Newcastle Herald

Simon McCarthy is a journalist working at the Newcastle Herald in NSW. He writes news and features, and produces video and multimedia, for the Herald and Herald Weekender magazine. He contributes regularly to the Newcastle Herald’s daily Topics column, and is the co-creator and producer of the Toohey’s News podcast. McCarthy has worked as a journalist in regional NSW since 2013. He joined the newsroom of the Newcastle Herald in 2017 from the Northern Daily Leader in Tamworth where he worked from 2015 to 2016. Contact McCarthy on Signal at @SimonMcCarthy.50 or via this link:

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