Easter Fishing Tournament

Ken Turner with his 74.6 kg Yellowfin and winning fish for the 2010 Jones Waste Management Easter tournament

Ken Turner with his 74.6 kg Yellowfin and winning fish for the 2010 Jones Waste Management Easter tournament

Easter Saturday saw a field of 14 boats head out of St Helens in some choppy Southerly conditions for the Jones Waste Management Easter Tournament.

On Sunday, Ken Turner landed one of the best Yellowfin Tuna caught off St Helens in quite some time, tipping the scales at a cracking 74.6 kilograms and the best fish for the competition.

St Helens Marine Rescue put on a special sked for the tournament. Thank you to the Game Fishing Club of Northern Tasmania for their donation!

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CYCA SOLAS Trusts pledges $20,000 to St Helens Marine Rescue

Angela Matthews, Secretary, St Helens Marine Rescue, receives cheque from CYCA Commodore Matt Allen, Chairman of CYCA

In its 10th anniversary year, the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Safety of Life at Sea Trusts (SOLAS) has made a pledge to St Helens Marine Rescue Association Inc (TAS) of $20,000 as seed funding for the purchase of a new RIB.

The RIB will provide additional rescue capabilities and support to the main rescue vessel, Freycinet, that the association acquired earlier this year from Tasmanian water police. The RIB will also provide an additional resource to the Break O’Day municipality.

Earlier this year, St Helens Marine Rescue assisted local marine authorities when a commercial fishing vessel overturned on the Georges Bay Barway, rescuing three of the four crew members safely. Local marine authorities rescued the fourth crew member from the water.

The conditions during this rescue were difficult at best and this incident prompted the need for a better suited, more manoeuvrable vessel.

St Helens Marine Rescue Association is a wholly volunteer operated association, that maintains a 24/7 watch over the waters of the Break O’Day municipality and St Helens, providing support to commercial and recreational vessels. Additionally, the rescue service has provided valuable assistance to those yachts competing in the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race (when called upon) and the Launceston to Hobart race.

In making this donation, CYCA SOLAS Trusts Chairman, Matt Allen said ‘We are pleased that the CYCA SOLAS Trusts can provide this valuable assistance to St Helens Marine Rescue, so that they can continue to maintain the high standard of volunteer marine rescue.’

‘It is associations like these that are often first to come to the aid of yachtsmen, commercial and recreational vessels. The support that St Helens Marine Rescue has provided to the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht race over the years is recognised by this donation and we look forward to their continued support in the future, should it be required,’ added Allen.

Angela Matthews, Secretary of St Helens Marine Rescue said that this funding was vital to the wholly volunteer run association. ‘On behalf of all the volunteers from St Helens Marine Rescue, I would like to thank the CYCA SOLAS Trusts for their commitment to volunteer rescue services.’

‘This RIB is a vital community asset and is greatly appreciated by the Mayor and the Break O’Day community,’ said Matthews.

One of the CYCA’s SOLAS Trusts objectives is to assist search and rescue organisations Australia wide. In the ten years since it was established, in excess of $500,000 has been donated to 17 organisations in every Australian state as well as the ACT. This is the fourth Tasmanian donation. Other Tasmanian organisations to benefit from CYCA SOLAS Trusts donations are Tasmanian Air Rescue (two donations) and Tas Coast Radio.

Reproduced from SailWorld.com

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Crew of Anmaropa Rescued after Capsize

Capsized Anmaropa on the St Helens barway

The capsized trawler on the St Helens barway. Picture PAUL WILSON.

FOUR crew of the scallop fishing vessel Anmaropa were rescued and taken to St Helens today. The Anmaropa was loaded with scallops and overturned on the St Helens barway in heavy seas.

The Anmanaropa requested an escort across the barway at 8AM this morning and our rescue vessel Break O’Day was on its way to the barway when the capsize occurred. We arrived at the scene some time after 8am to find two crew clinging to the overturned hull of the boat, with waves breaking over it. Two crew were still trapped in the wheel house.

Two men received immediate medical attention when brought back to land at Akaroa, outside St Helens, for shock and exposure and minor lacerations.

Mariners are reminded that the St Helens Barway is notoriously dangerous, particularly at low tide and in heavy surf, and many lives have been lost here over the years. We recommend skippers wait for better conditions if possible rather than put lives at risk.

Read the full report by Matt Maloney in The Examiner.

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PV Freycinet For St Helens Marine Association

Freycinet 55ft Ocean-going Rescue Vessel

Freycinet 55ft Ocean-going Rescue Vessel

Tasmanian Government Press Release
David Llewellyn, Member for Lyons, today presented the St Helens Marine Rescue Association of Tasmania with the recently decommissioned Police Vessel, Freycinet.

“Although the Freycinet is 29 years old, it has been meticulously maintained and will greatly enhance the St Helens Marine Rescue Association’s capabilities and ongoing operations,” Mr Llewellyn said.

“The Freycinet will expand the rescue capabilities of the group with its range of 500 nautical miles, radar and an array of navigational equipment.

“I am pleased that this hard-working group of volunteers is able to take on such a reliable and sturdy vessel. It should provide years of service.

“The St Helens Marine Rescue Association is to be congratulated for its dedication to the safety and security of the maritime community.”

The Freycinet will provide the St Helens Marine Rescue Association with a rescue vessel that has greater capabilities and operating range than its former vessel, the Sea Guardian. It was originally part of the former Tasmania Fisheries Development Authority and was transferred to Tasmania Police in 1985.

Further information: Tasmanian Government Communications Unit

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MAST CEO Interviewed by ABC

Two big excavators moving sand at Blanche Beach (photo:Rose Grant)

Two big excavators moving sand at Blanche Beach (photo:Rose Grant)

Marine and Safety Tasmania CEO, Colin Finch was interviewed by ABC Rural today at Blanche Beach, where dredging to remove 215,000 cubic metres of sand is almost complete. The sand is being moved from a major deposition area alongside the rock training wall to the back of the dune system in Georges Bay.

Listen to interview (MP3)

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