In 2010 the St Helens Marine Rescue Association assisted 78 vessels, carrying a total of 197 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 (27)
- escorting vessels accros the bar and through the channel (44)
We primarily used our Stabicraft rescue vessel Break O’Day for these operations (72 operations) while our larger, sea-going rescue vessel Freycinet was used 6 times.
Our rescue base handled 4,304 VHF calls and 308 calls on 27MHz communicating with 1,418 vessels carrying a total of 2,831 persons.
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St Helens Marine Rescue Team at open day
St Helens Marine Rescue threw open the doors to their St Helens facilities to celebrate the official handing over of the new vessel to serve the East Coast Community, RV Larapuna
Mayor Robert Legge performed the official duties along with Rebecca White, MP for Lyons, and Tanya Rattray MLC. The Association’s vessels were then available for public inspection.
Long-service plaques were presented to Greg Bennett, Dave Tippen and Duncan Hollingsworth with 45 years of dedicated service between them. Sue Breen was recognised for lifetime dedication to marine Safety.
All other members received certificates of appreciation for their service and dedication to the team work that is representative of St Helens Marine Rescue.
Blessing of the Fleet 2010
On the 24 October the annual Blessing of the Fleet was conducted on the St Helens Wharf by the Rev Alexander Withers. Approximately one hundred supporters and local community members attended to pay homage to our life around the sea. Rev Withers blessed the fishing fleet, crews, Marine Police and the local marine rescue unit.
Many took advantage of the opportunity to jump aboard the Marine Rescue, Tasmanian Police and Troy Rainbird (Nifty II ) vessels for a trip down the bay after the service.
More photos on our Facebook page.
RV Larapuna in her Cradle aboard the Freycinet
The RV Larapuna (centre console 4.5 metre rigid inflatable) has arrived and is aboard the Freycinet ready to go. Our crew have tested her out on the barway and we are very happy with her performance.
St Helens Marine Rescue wishes to thank:
- Gemini for discounting the hull.
- Ashley Dunne from Inflatable Boats Tasmania, who went out of his way to assist us.
- Hadley and his crew at Deegan Marine, who have once again supported us with fitting out and another great Evinrude outboard.
- The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia’s Solas Fund provided $20,000 towards the cost of RV Larapuna. Thank you to Mark Woolf and Matt Allen with whom we corresponded.
We are extemely pleased to be able to provide our Break O’Day Community with more support for their safety on the water.