St Helens Marine Rescue assisted the community by providing crews to assist with sandbag filling and recovery of boats that had filled with rain water. At the request of SES, RV Larapuna was on standby should any rescues be required from the fast flowing rivers.
Electricity to Binalong Bay was also cut for several hours and, as all roadways to the Bay of Fires were also closed, St Helens Marine Rescue was requested to take Aurora Energy technicians by boat to a pickup point from where Binalong Bay firemen provided transport to the problem. A wary eye was kept for the in and out trip as large logs and debris were everywhere in Georges Bay.
In 2010 the St Helens Marine Rescue Association assisted 78 vessels, carrying a total of 197 persons. The activities included:
- Aiding vessels in distress, including support to the Tasmanian Police (9)
- Assisting vessels with mechanical problems or in poor weather, providing a tow-in where necessary (27)
- escorting vessels accros the bar and through the channel (44)
Our rescue base handled 4,304 VHF calls and 308 calls on 27MHz communicating with 1,418 vessels carrying a total of 2,831 persons.