S/V Westward Assisted into St Helens

Historic Yacht Westward (photo by Peter Campbell ©)

Historic Yacht Westward (photo by Peter Campbell ©)

This week we towed the yacht “Westward” into St Helens where she will be on the slip for a week or so.

The cutter Westward, the only Tasmanian yacht to have twice won the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race on handicap, has been gifted to the Maritime Museum of Tasmania by the yacht’s owner for the past 55 years, Mr Stan Field. The Maritime Museum of Tasmania plans to have her as part of its exhibition of historic Tasmanian boats in Constitution Dock but also sailing regularly on the River Derwent.

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Donation from St Helens Game Fishing Club

The St Helens Game Fishing Club President John McGiveron has presented the St Helens Marine Rescue Association with a $500.00 donation on behalf of the club for doing the skeds over the 2 days of the St Helens Game Fishing Classic. This welcome support will assist us with the ongoing cost of running our service.

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Police Vessel Karri Lost

Police Vessel Karri struck a submerged rock near Waterhouse Island in Bass Strait last night while on her way to the large-scale training exercise involving the Tasmanian Police, SES and St Helens Marine Rescue.

The captain of the boat and two crew members suffered broken bones and lacerations and they were rescued by PV Fortescue, which was also taking part in the exercise.

PV Karri was abandoned and the Break O’Day and her four crew that were to take part in the exercise were reassigned to the search for the abandoned vessel. PV Karri was not found, and is believed to have sunk.

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Search and Rescue Exercise

St Helens Marine Rescue will participate in a multi-agency search and rescue exercise with the Tasmanian Police and the State Emergency Services in Bridport on 19 May 2010.

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Rural Placement Students at St Helens

Sam and Elizabeth During Escort of Charon

Sam and Elizabeth During Escort of Charon

Two pharmacy students recently visited St Helens under the Rural Placement Program. The program is designed to give students an oportunity to develop an understanding of, and an interest in rural health issues.

Sam and Elizabeth (3rd year pharmacy students) visited Break O’Day Council recently to observe the workings of this isolated community. During their visit they were shown around the St Helens Marine Rescue Association’s facilities and given an understanding of our activities.

Sam and Elizabeth were taken out to sea to get a feel for an emergency situation and were on-board the Break O’Day when the yacht “Charon” was escorted over the barway. This gave them a good understanding of the difficulties of barway crossing and the problems the port of St helens has with Pelican Point.

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