Far North Police have assisted a Make-A-Wish Foundation recipient in the successful operation to track down the little clownfish Nemo.
Nemo was declared missing when five-year-old Aiden and his family visited Sydney Aquarium to see the tank where Nemo lives only to discover he wasn’t there. Far North Police then responded to a call to assist in the operation to help Aiden find Nemo.
Aiden and his family flew to Cairns on a mission to locate the little clownfish. To escort Aiden and his family, Road Policing Command members formed a patrol motorcade with the motorbikes and highway patrol cars. The motorcade transported Aiden to the Cairns Tropical Zoo for a scavenger hunt to find pieces of a puzzle that became a map of Nemo’s location.
At the Cairns station, Aiden and his party were then greeted by SERT operatives, driving the bear cat and dressed in tactical attire. The operatives handed Aiden another clue to find Nemo.
The party then travelled in the police motorcade, which now included the bear cat, to Fogarty Park where a helicopter was waiting. Aiden and his family were flown in the chopper to Green Island for the final step in the operation to find Nemo.
After having completed his snorkel training back in Cairns, Aiden was able to board a boat at Green Island and lead the snorkel mission to finally find Nemo. To the relief of all involved, the little clownfish was located healthy and safe in an outer reef.
Acting Detective Inspector Kevin Goan said it was an honour to assist the brave little boy on his mission.
“It was a privilege to be involved in co-ordinating the policing response to this request for assistance and I am thankful for the support of all of our officers who participated in this operation to make Aiden’s wish come true,” Acting Detective Inspector Goan said.