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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Follow the Yellow Boat Road stops in St Helens

Robert Pennicott in St Helens

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.

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Ian Hollingsworth awarded PrideofAustralia™ HeroismMedal

Ian Hollingsworth

Ian Hollingsworth

Ian Hollingsworth, St Helens Marine Rescue Operations Manager, was today awarded the PrideofAustralia™ HeroismMedal in Hobart. Tasmania.

In awarding the HeroismMedal, Ian was lauded not just for his role as an administrator of St Helens Marine Rescue, but also for “…the dangerous job of watching over the treacherous barway at the entrance to Georges Bay…” where “…he has put himself at risk many times escorting boats across the bar or on rescue missions that have saved lives…” 

PrideofAustralia™ honours ordinary Australians who do extraordinary things throughout our communities. Now in its seventh year, the PrideofAustralia™ medal is made up of ten categories – Outstanding Bravery, Courage, Heroism, Community Spirit, Child of Courage, Young Leader, Care and Compassion, Inspiration, Environment and the Fair Go. 

The HeroismMedal is awarded to recognise a member or members (professional or volunteer) of the SES, police, fire, ambulance, coastguard, defence forces, air rescue service who work, or have worked, on the frontline to protect the community.

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