Passing of Greg Schmerl

It is with regret St Helens Marine Rescue informs mariners of the passing of Greg Schmerl, a most valued member of our Association. Greg was a dedicated, very involved, hard working executive member of Marine Rescue. He had a vision and worked tirelessly to ensure the Association maintained a contemporary place in volunteer emergency services. On behalf of all involved in Marine Rescue we pass on our condolences to Family and Friends.

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Freycinet Undergoes Annual Hull Check

Members surround The Freycinet

Members surround the Freycinet

Members of St Helens Marine Rescue gathered on a perfect March day to carry out the annual hull check of the Freycinet. The mighty rescue vessel was slipped at 9 am with work commencing soon after. De-fouling – barnacles and sea weed removed by pressure hoses followed by anti-fouling painting and finally concluded with the removal of old corrosion plates to be replaced by new. After four hours the Freycinet returned to the water, fresh and ready for another year of rescue activities.

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Summer 2012/13 Statistics

RV Freycinet in Full Flight

RV Freycinet in Full Flight

During the period 1 October 2012 to 31 March 2013 St Helens Marine Rescue Association assisted 36 vessels, carrying a total of 94 persons. The activities included:

  • aiding vessels in distress, including support to the Tasmanian Police (4);
  • assisting vessels with mechanical problems or in poor weather, providing a tow-in where necessary (12); and
  • escorting vessels across the bar and through the channel (20).

Our rescue base handled 2,294 VHF calls, communicating with 887 vessels carrying a total of 2,673 persons.

We would like to thank our volunteers, radio operators and boat crews for the hours invested in training and operating to provide the service, often in dangerous conditions. We are very proud of the performance of the boat crews, coping with difficult tows and dangerous barway conditions. Our radio operators are on duty for long hours and continuous radio traffic. St Helens Marine Rescue also plays an integral roll co operating with Tasmania Police in keeping our waters safe.

As always, the organisation also could not continue without the generous support of our sponsors and donations from the public. Your contributions, regardless of the amount, are always gratefully accepted.

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Additional VHF Standby Stations

St Helens Marine Rescue has pleased to announce that we have acquired two more VHF transceivers and associated equipment to be used as standby stations.

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Greg Schmerl

St Helens Marine Rescue’s chairman, Greg Schmerl, has stood down from the position. Business and family commitments are not allowing him adequate time to continue his position with St Helens Marine Rescue.

We wish to thank Greg for the hundreds of hours of volunteer work. Greg, on numerous times, went to rescues and assists with no thought of his own safety and his bravery is commendable.

We all wish him well.

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