Cr Pyne was doorknocking at White Rock as part of his local government re-election campaign.It was the first time the pair had met since the accident, which left Cr Pyne a quadriplegic. "He opened the door and said, ‘You wouldn’t remember me, but my son and I were fishing and we came to help you the day you broke your neck’," Cr Pyne said. "It was 21 years ago and was a bit of a haze, so I certainly didn’t recognise him."
"I thought he may not want to relive the whole thing and have it bang around in his mind, so I just left it."
Cr Pyne had been sailing with his now wife, Jenny, and her parents on Trinity Inlet on December 1, 1991, when he dived from the boat into shallow water. "I was overcome by the heat and I dived into the water, only to hit my head on a sandbank," he said. "I floated face down in the water, unable to breathe, and I was rolled onto my back, with paralysis taking over my limbs. "My hand came over into my face and from that second on I knew things had changed – it felt like someone else’s hand."