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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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.
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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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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Robert Pennicott in St Helens
In September 2011, Robert Pennicott’s “Follow the Yellow Boat Road” expedition, a circumnavigation of Australia for polio eradication and conservation, visited St Helens.
Robert, fellow skipper Mick Souter and cameraman Zorro Gamarnik took part in this journey, the first-ever circumnavigation of Australia and Tasmania in an outboard-driven boat. They departed Sydney on the 2 June 2011 and travelled anti-clockwise around the entire coast of Australia in two 5.4m Naiad RIBs (18ft dinghies). They are expected back in Sydney around 11 September 2011.
Their trip was divided into 77 segments, ranging from 60 to 420 miles. On 48 of the segments, two seats were auctioned to the highest bidder to raise funds for polio eradication and conservation.