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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Barway Update, May 2010

Summer is over and boating activity has dropped off with only 3 boats requiring an escort into St Helens during April.

The southern channel on the St Helens Barway is maintaining its position, generally providing good access. Care should be taken by mariners unfamliar with the barway and at all times during heavier weather. Please contact us for advice or an escort.

Marine and Safety Tasmania (MAST) has received approval to commence dredging the shoals at Pelican Point in June and July 2010. These works are long overdue, with the shoals preventing many vessels from entering Georges Bay.

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New Night Vision Equipment

Yukon Sea Wolf Night Vision Monocular

Yukon Sea Wolf Night Vision Monocular

The Break O’Day Council resolved at their meeting on 19 April 2010 approve a grant to the St Helens Marine Rescue Association to assist with the purchase of night vision equipment.

The Yukon Sea Wolf Night Vision Monocular is a waterproof, rubberized monocular designed for outdoor use. The unit uses infrared illuminator technology and an image intensifier tube to expand viewing range in night conditions. It is compact and head-mountable and fitted with built-in camera adapters to allow for night photography as well as vision.

We will be conducting special night training during winter with the new equipment to improve our ability to perform night-time operations.

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Summer 2009/2010 Statistics

Motor Vessel Mame Escorted over St Helens Barway

It has once again been been a busy summer for the St Helens Marine Rescue Association. Our radio logs show that during this period we:

  • logged 3,012 radio transmissions on VHF
  • logged 262 radio transmissions on UHF Channel 94
  • provided assistance and tracking to a total of 793 vessels, carrying a total of 2,245 persons

Our rescue boat activities comprised

  • thirty-five (35) escorts over the barway
  • eight (8) assists and/or tows of vessels
  • assisting with three (3) police call-outs, and
  • assisting the Tasmanian Police with one (1) rescue.

In total, we helped 47 vessels into the safety of St Helens/Georges Bay, carrying 121 persons. The value of the vessels assisted to safety is estimated at over $10 million.

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