Rebecca White, MP for Lyons
Rebecca White, MP (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.
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.
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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The dregding on the channel at Pelican Point was completed this week and half a metre of additional depth has been added. The channel should now be navigable at all times to vessels up to 1.8 metre draft. At high tide, up to 3 metres of water is available throughout.
Marine and Safety Tasmania (MAST) is liaising with the Parks and Wildlife Service over placement of sand from the works.
The channel over the barway is holding its position and depth at the moment.
Please contact St Helens Marine Rescue on VHF Channel 16 or UHF Channels 88 or 94 for assistance if you are unfamiliar with the barway crossing or the channel route past Pelican Point.