Donations Received

On 1 September 2012, at the occasion of the annual blessing of the fleet, we received a sizable donation from Leigh Kelly Agencies in the form of polar fleece jackets for our crews.

Thank you also to Tasmanian Locksmiths for donating the meat for the barbeque and to Bob at the St Helens Bakery for supplying bakery goods.

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Negotiating the St Helens Barway

St Helens Barway Courtesy of GoogleEarth

St Helens Barway Courtesy of GoogleEarth

Many skippers of vessels assume that it is not possible or safe to cross the St Helens bar into Georges Bay. It is, of course, true that the barway presents a problem with a swell on it, which is no different to most other river entrances on the East Coast of Australia. However, these conditions occur on average fewer than 15 to 20 days every year.

Pelican Point, inside the bay, still poses a problem for vessels with deep draft, and dredging operations will resume in the near future to begin to resolve this.

Skippers should always contact St Helens Marine Rescue for advice when considering a bar crossing. we are available 24/7 for advice or assistance.

It is important to note that if your vessel, for one reason or another, cannot cross the bar, St Helens Marine Rescue will assist outside the barway.

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Dismasting 22 July 2012

Chart showing track of rescue mission.

Chart showing track of rescue mission.

St Helens Marine Rescue’s vessel Freycinet and crew rescued a 30ft dismasted yacht in deteriorating conditions off St Helens Point on 22 July 2012.

This rescue once again reinforces the importance of skippers ensuring that their vessels are in a seaworthy condition, obtaining weather forecasts prior to putting to sea and heeding any severe weather warnings. There have been several boating incidents in Tasmania this year due to weather reports being ignored or not read.

Dismasted!

Dismasted!

Cockpit

Cockpit

Deck

Deck

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Statistics for June 2011 to June 2012

During the period 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2012 St Helens Marine Rescue Association assisted 51 vessels, carrying a total of 116 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 (12); and
  • escorting vessels across the bar and through the channel (37).

Our rescue base handled 3,415 VHF calls and 61 calls on 27MHz communicating with 1,214 vessels carrying a total of 4,081 persons.

Another year has passed with the unit injury free and we have now been operating for 21 years without an injury or damage to any vessel, our own, or any we have assisted. 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.

As always, the organisation 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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St Helens Bakery Support

Jess, Kylie, Bob and Tha (L - R) ay St Helens Bakery

Jess, Kylie, Bob and Tha (L - R) ay St Helens Bakery

St Helens Bakery has supported St Helens Marine Rescue on numerous occasions, generously supplying goods free of charge for our fund raising and social nights.

It is always a pleasure to be assisted by Bob and his cheerful smiling staff.

St Helens Bakery is next to the BP service station in St Helens, conveniently located in the centre of the town and only a short walk from the wharf. Please support them in return!

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