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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Combined Rescue Exercise

Search and Rescue Exercise

Search and Rescue Exercise

On Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 April St Helens Marine Rescue Surflivesaving (Tasmania) Tasmania Police and SES took part in marine rescue and training exercises in Georges Bay, at the St Helens Barway and at sea. Ten boats participated with 30 persons attending. Detective Sergeant Mike Gillies (Norther Tasmania SAR) ran the exercise.

The main exercise consisting of a line search with boats extended over 1.5 km was succesfull and the “body” was recovered in survival time frame. Boating skills were tested on the St Helens Barway, with a 2 to 2.5 metre swell also providing some excitement.

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East Coast Auto Parts Sponsorship

Robin and Carolyn handing over donations

Robin and Carolyn handing over donations

Robin (Buster) and Carolyn Townsend of East Coast Auto Parts in Quail Street, St Helens, have had stickers printed with the contact details for St Helens Marine Rescue on them. A number of St Helens businesses have had them on their counters and donations given for this item have certainly been helpful to us over the quiet winter months.

East Coast Auto Parts have also assisted St Helens Marine Rescue in discounting merchandise required by the unit.

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Donation from Hunters Chemicals

Hunters Chemicals

Hunters Chemicals

Following the award of the PrideofAustralia Heroism Medal to Ian Hollingsworth, St Helens Marine Rescue received a generous donation from Hunters Chemicals in recognition of the work we do. This will enable us to continue what we do.

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Statistics for June 2010 to June 2011

During the period 15 June 2010 to 18 June 2011 St Helens Marine Rescue Association assisted 84 vessels, carrying a total of 239 persons. The activities included:

  • aiding vessels in distress, including support to the Tasmanian Police (3);
  • assisting vessels with mechanical problems or in poor weather, providing a tow-in where necessary (23); and
  • escorting vessels accros the bar and through the channel (58).

The value of the vessels assisted is estimated at more than $21 million.

We primarily used our Stabicraft rescue vessel Break O’Day for these operations (77 missions) with our larger, sea-going rescue vessel Freycinet used for more challenging off-shore missions (7 missions). Our new RIB, the RV Larapuna, was used in 11 missions

Our rescue base handled 3,096 VHF calls and 92 calls on 27MHz communicating with 1,158 vessels carrying a total of 23,438 persons. One “PAN PAN” call was received and zero “Mayday” calls.

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