Today, St Helens Marine Rescue was called to respond to an injured crewman aboard the Fremantle yacht Jaffa, a Melbourne to Hobart competitor. Jaffa was on its return voyage to Melbourne. We commenced at 0600 hours, rendezvousing with Jaffa at 0640 off St Helens Point. In search of calmer waters we guided Jaffa back to Burns Bay. The graphic below highlights the AIS track taken from Marine Traffic.com. Once we returned to the Bay the injured crewman was successfully transferred to our SAR Vessel “Georges Bay”. We then proceeded to the boat ramp and jetty where the St Helens Volunteer Ambulance was standing by to transport the patient to the St Helens Hospital. A very successful outcome from very a accomplished Marine Rescue Crew. We extend our appreciation to Tas Maritime Radio, they provided radio support throughout.
Marine Traffic’s track of Georges Bay on the way to rendezvousing with Jaffa
Jaffa being escorted from below St Helens Point in a confused swell. We had to seek calmer waters to transfer the injured crewman. Fortunately Burns Bay offered calm waters from the SE swell.
Jaffa under escort below St Helens Point.
Jaffa under sail.
Jaffa under full sail.
Video of Barway
Recently a community member from St Helens flew a drone over the St Helens Bar. It graphically illustrates the new extension sea wall and most importantly the movement of sand around the edge of the wall. The video was shot on the 5th of November, it can be found via this link:
Drone view of the St Helens Bar
VHF Radio Mariners may be aware that St Helens Marine Rescue is a marine rescue base station. Daily we monitor vessels after they log on to our VHF radio service. With this communication skippers log on giving details of vessel name, launch location, people aboard, present location, destination, estimated time of return and finally log off at the end of the day. Throughout the day our radio operators provide this monitoring service in order to give mariners an added level of safety.
St Helens Volunteer Marine Rescue encourages all mariners to log on to utilise this service. It is an added extension to the safety measures already aboard your vessel. Call us on VHF Channel 16, once received the operator will ask you to go to Channel 71 to take down your details.
MaST has issued a timely reminder to all skippers with the opening of the 2016/17 crayfish season. This can be seen on MaST’s Facebook page or by going to the following link:
MaST Facebook Post
Safe and enjoyable boating for the upcoming summer. Remember prepare well, check the weather and definitely zero alcohol aboard.
On Friday the 28th of October senior broker and director of Finance Brokers of Tasmania (FBT) Lance Cure presented St Helens Marine Rescue with sponsorship for the upcoming boating season. After the presentation Lance was given a familiarisation tour of our facilities. He was very impressed by what he saw and remarked how important volunteer marine rescue was for the safety of mariners. FBT’s generosity will be put to good use as St Helens Marine Rescue operates in a new world paradigm of marine rescue services requiring the latest and most stringent regulations of the National System of Commercial Vessels (NSCV) under the control of the Australian Maritime Surveillance Authority (AMSA). The sponsorship is most gratefully accepted as we continue the modernisation and update our services. We are embarking on:
· An improved VHF radio tower that will give our radio operators greater coastal coverage;
· Replacement of the St Helens Barway camera destroyed in the June storms;
· A new tow vehicle capable of towing our rescue vessel Georges Bay, currently members vehicles perform this task;
· Replacement of emergency equipment such as EPIRB’s;
· Base station extension to house our rescue vessels and equipment.
On behalf of St Helens Marine Rescue we appreciate the generosity of sponsors and welcome Finance Brokers of Tasmania as a valued sponsor. FBT are brokers specialising in finance for: Homes, Businesses, Machinery & Equipment, Vehicles & Investment Properties.
Paul Young holds the Finance Brokers of Tasmania’s sponsorship announcement while director of FBT Lance Cure presents President John Dearing with a cheque.
Pelican Point Depth Profile
Monday 17th October, 2016 at 10:00 am
High tide prediction at St Helens Point was 1.4 metres at 10:00 am
This transect of Pelican Point was taken from the inner navigation markers towards St Helens to the outer markers, eastwards towards the Georges Bay Sea Wall. The readings were taken on a middle track between the green and red navigation markers.
Mariners are advised to take care when negotiating Pelican Point. Caution must be exercised by skippers in interpreting the information below, such as weather conditions, tidal flow and height. The depths are indicative and are a snapshot in time.
St Helens Marine Rescue is available to assist vessels. Contact can be made on VHF Channel 16 or phone 0408 817 359.
Graphical representation of depth measurements taken at Pelican Point on Monday 17th October, 2016