The rescue base at the St Helens Foreshore is manned 7 days a week between 0730 to 1910. Outside these hours a listening watch is maintained around the clock from stations at the homes of the Association’s members.
Our callsign is VMR 707 ST HELENS MARINE RESCUE and radio watch is maintained on:
- UHF 27.88 MHz (Channel 88)
- UHF 27.94 MHz (Channel 94)
- VHF Channel 16
- VHF Repeater at Mount Horror (Channel 82), and
- HF/SSB on 2524 kHz
Mobile phone coverage is available on 03 6376 2443 or 0408 817 359.
Marine and Safety Tasmania (MAST) recommends mariners setting out on a trip report in to a coast station upon departure stating name of your vessel, intended destination and number of people on board. You and the coast station may agree on hourly schedules or estimated time of return. It is imperative if you CHECK IN with a station remember to CHECK OUT.
Marine and Safety Tasmania (MAST) has an outstanding publication on safe boating. This is a must read for all mariners, in particular small boaters. The handbook is available as a pdf or details on how to purchase can be found on the MAST web site at (copy and paste into your browser’s address bar):
Haulback under tow through the Channel towards the barway
Recently St Helens hosted visitors from Canada. Jan and Jim are sailing around the world from their Canadian departure. Note the Canadian flag flying behind the mast. Their yacht ‘Haulback’ has so far traveled the Pacific ocean and came to St Helens via New Zealand. The next port of call is Eden on the NSW coast. The journey will then take them up the Barrier Reef, through Torrens Strait and on to Indonesia.
Jan and Jim would like to thank the community of St Helens for their hospitality. They were wax lyrical about this part of the world. Marine rescue played an active part in escorting them into Georges Bay and their departure across the notorious barway. The photo to the right is Haulback under tow from the Break ‘O Day. In order to meet the high tide on the barway a tow was employed to reduce the time across Georges Bay.
On behalf of the East Coast community we wish them well on their journey.
Mariners are again reminded the volunteer St Helens Marine Rescue is available to assist/advise in all matters relating to marine safety in and around St Helens. Contact can be made via VHF radio on channel (one six) 16. This is in operation from 0755 hours until 1910 hours daily. Outside these times mobile contact can be made on 0408 817 359. Email firstname.lastname@example.org