Police Vessel Karri struck a submerged rock near Waterhouse Island in Bass Strait last night while on her way to the large-scale training exercise involving the Tasmanian Police, SES and St Helens Marine Rescue.
The captain of the boat and two crew members suffered broken bones and lacerations and they were rescued by PV Fortescue, which was also taking part in the exercise.
PV Karri was abandoned and the Break O’Day and her four crew that were to take part in the exercise were reassigned to the search for the abandoned vessel. PV Karri was not found, and is believed to have sunk.
St Helens Marine Rescue will participate in a multi-agency search and rescue exercise with the Tasmanian Police and the State Emergency Services in Bridport on 19 May 2010.
Sam and Elizabeth (3rd year pharmacy students) visited Break O’Day Council recently to observe the workings of this isolated community. During their visit they were shown around the St Helens Marine Rescue Association’s facilities and given an understanding of our activities.
Sam and Elizabeth were taken out to sea to get a feel for an emergency situation and were on-board the Break O’Day when the yacht “Charon” was escorted over the barway. This gave them a good understanding of the difficulties of barway crossing and the problems the port of St helens has with Pelican Point.
Summer is over and boating activity has dropped off with only 3 boats requiring an escort into St Helens during April.
The southern channel on the St Helens Barway is maintaining its position, generally providing good access. Care should be taken by mariners unfamliar with the barway and at all times during heavier weather. Please contact us for advice or an escort.
Marine and Safety Tasmania (MAST) has received approval to commence dredging the shoals at Pelican Point in June and July 2010. These works are long overdue, with the shoals preventing many vessels from entering Georges Bay.