New Rescue RIB, RV Larapuna, Commissioned

RV Larapuna in her Cradle aboard the Freycinet

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.

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STT Coxswain’s Course

Seafood Training Tasmania (STT) are running a Coxswain’s course in St Helens from 6 September 2010 to 10 September 2010. They are offering a 50% discount to any person that can show that they are a member of a volunteer or not-for-profit organisation or club. This offer stands for any Coxswain’s course run at STT until the end of the year.

If anyone is interested could you please contact STT on (03) 6233 6442.

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Rebecca White, MP visits St Helens

Rebecca White, MP (Lyons)

Rebecca White, MP (Lyons)


Rebecca White, MP for Lyons, visited St Helens Marine Rescue on 12 August 2010.

Ms White discussed operational procedures, training activities, and the ongoing commitment of the Association. She was shown the Association’s operational statistics and given a guide tour of the base and our vessels. Ms White acknowledged the contribution of the Association to marine safety.

The Association is hopeful that the outcome of the visit will bring more government funding to support our operations.

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Rescue Exercise with St Helens Paramedics

Paramedics and Crew board the Break O'Day

Paramedics and Crew board the Break O'Day

On 8 August St Helens Marine Rescue and the St Helens Paramedic Unit conducted a joint exercise.

Using the Freycinet as command vessel and the Break O’Day as response boat, the exercise consisted of bring paramedics up to speed on safety on board and at sea. A boat-to-boat patient transfer was carried out, demonstrating the difficulties of this activity to the paramedics and crew.

The exercise was of benefit to all those involved. It was also a good opportunity for members of both services to get to know one another better.

More exercises will be carried out with the busy season approaching.

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War Stories: Recovery of “Blue Print”

Blue Print on the Beach at Cod Bay

Blue Print on the Beach at Cod Bay

From time to time we post stories of rescues from years past. An interesting story is the rescue/recovery of the yacht “Blue Print” in April 2004.

Blue Print ran aground at Cod Bay on a stormy night and was later recovered, much to the owner’s delight, and towed back to St Helens.

Read about it here.

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