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Seaweed at the West Beach Boat Ramp
18th August 2016
The West Beach boat ramp was closed last weekend due to seaweed choking the ramp area following storms.
SR03 was required for a tasking and after return and retrieval the props were inspected for seaweed damage.
Both props had to be removed to clear all weed and a length of fishing line behind the rear prop.
The only good thing was that it did polish up the blades, and luckily no damage at all.
Skipper Mick Canole took the following photos during the clean-up.
New Search and rescue vessel to replace SR01.
On 27 June construction commenced on our new Sea Rescue 01 which will replace the first of our Clayton Gallants built in 2001. The new vessel is part of the SA Government’s (VMR) vessel replacement program.
This new generation of VMR vessel design has been based on the Ross Williams 3 which was commissioned last November and has proved itself to be an exceptional vessel in all aspects. While the Ross Williams 3 was designed to be a multi-purpose vessel for Barcoo Services, transferring passengers and search and rescue, the new SR-01 has been designed specifically for search and rescue.
The design has been changed to provide narrower walkways to the bow which will increase the internal width of the cabin by 400 mm.
The cabin has been moved forward by 500 mm which will increase the cockpit length by 500 mm allowing more room to accommodate stretchers if necessary and extra work space for the crew.
All VMR vessels will now come with a suite of electronics which will include radar, AIS, two 12 inch touch screen chart plotters as well as AIS and FLIR, which is an infrared camera enabling 360 degree night vision, greatly increasing our night search capabilities as well as increasing the safety of navigation at night.
Communications will consist of our standard suite of 27 MHz, VHF, Command and GRN radios. The VHF radio will also provide us with a public address capability. A rear view infrared camera will also be installed to allow the skipper to monitor activity in the cockpit by day and night.
The aluminium construction allows a great degree of flexibility, especially during construction if changes are needed, and helps reduce weight, which is a vital factor if the vessel is to be trailer-able.
Hopefully, by Christmas we should see our new vessel arrive at West Beach.
Stay tuned for further updates of the new SR01 as they happen.
Sea Rescue Copper Coast rescues Kayaker from 2 metre seas.
This is a real incident with this short video clipped from a longer one made by the victim using a GoPro camera on his head.
It was a stormy day with the sea running 2 metres at the beach and we received a call asking if we would pick up a unattended floating kayak that was in Wallaroo Bay.
The caller was asked if they could see a person as a kayak would not be out there on its own. After looking around the caller then came back and said that he had seen a head like object go over a wave. A crew was called and with about 30 minutes of daylight left, SR04 was launched.
At the start of the video, the victim has already been in the water for about 30 minutes and has probably 30 minutes left before becoming hyperthermic. The only time the victim realises that all of his troubles are over is when he turns his head and sees SR04.
As the video starts you will see he has picked up a piece of wood that was floating past and is using it to try and get more purchase in the water. As a wave crashed over him, you will hear him cough as he takes in water.
Sea Rescue’s SR01 exercises with Helicopter 51.
Sea Rescue Adelaide and the MAC helicopter crews train together on a regular basis. In this video the Chopper Crew winch a line down to Sea Rescue zero 1. The crew of 01 attach a weighted bag to the line which is then winched back aboard the chopper. By practising this manoeuvre both crews become familiar with passing items or personnel between the helicopter and the Sea Rescue boat.
MAC Chopper rescue at the ship’s anchorage off Outer Harbour
The following video has been provided by the South Australian Motor Accident Commission and shows their Chopper rescue team bringing in an injured crewman from a ship at the anchorage.
Sea Rescue and MAC train together on a regular basis to ensure that, should the need arises we have the skills to carry out a rescue at sea together.
Australia Day Sea Rescue Promotion
The Promotions Committee chose Australia Day to mount a display and promote Sea Rescue’s main mission, Safety at Sea, at the West Beach marina.
The exhibition was superbly presented and as the many recreational boaties arrived they were met by a Sea Rescue member offering an information pack containing most aspects of their safety in the marine environment, as well as entering into a discussion about the necessity, and wisdom, of having a marine radio, the best choice and its responsible use.
The generous support from our membership to join a roster, for mostly half a day, was particularly pleasing.
The early morning launchings continued at a steady pace and, as is often usual, a strengthening wind, near the bottom of the tide soon after midday, had boats returning en masse and forming large queues waiting for retrieval. It was then that our assistance was overwhelmingly appreciated.
With enough personnel to conduct an orderly return from the pontoons, we received many compliments, some requesting we be there every weekend!
As is often the case one individual thought he knew best, refused any advice or willingness for us to assist, and paid a heavy price. He eventually left with a burnt out trailer winch motor, damage to the front of his new fibreglass boat, and having caused a significant delay for boats queuing to use the priority lane for their launching after 12 noon!
A few days later I happened to be waiting in Electric Bug when I overheard a customer requesting a VHF kit, including aerial, for his boat. The salesperson mentioned the need to get a licence to operate it. The response was, “I know, I was at the West Beach boat ramp on Australia Day and the Sea Rescue guys were great, I am following their advice and will get my licence in one of their courses!”
Altogether, it was an otherwise wonderful promotion of Sea Rescue offerings and certainly spread the goodwill that we seek with our voluntary community service.
Our new boat has arrived
Our new Squadron multipurpose search and rescue vessel which, in part, has been made possible by a bequest from the late members’ Ross and Eunice Williams estate, and from the hard work by our Squadron members through their fundraising ventures, particularly the Barcoo Function Centre and Barcoo Services.
The Ross Williams 3 is a leap forward in being designed specifically with search and rescue operations in mind.
This unique vessel has been designed and built by Marco Bacic of Nautic Star boats. The combination of the expertise and professionalism of Marco and his team has resulted in a vessel which will be used as a template for the next generation of Volunteer Marine Rescue (VMR) search and rescue vessels.
Our previous Squadron vessels could accommodate two crew in the shelter of the cabin while the remaining two crew sat outside.
Access to the bow and along the side of the cabin was not available which made rafting up of towed vessels difficult and dangerous.
Access into the vessels had to be made by throwing a leg over the gunwale, which for some us seniors, was not always the easiest thing to do. Lifting an unconscious person from the water was also a high risk task requiring at least four crew to lift the stretcher up and over the gunwale.
These restrictions have now been removed with the new RW3 having broad walkways on the port and starboard side to enable crew to access the bow comfortably and safely. A removable door in the starboard side of the cockpit enables easy access by ladder from the ground, or straight from the pontoon without having to get a leg up and over the gunwale. The removable door will also enable an unconscious person to be dragged from the water rather than having to be lifted over the gunwale, greatly reducing the risk of injury to our crews.
The cabin looks and feels like something out of an upmarket vehicle rather than a boat. A crew of four can be accommodated very comfortably in the Llebroc skippers’ chairs with arm rests which can be raised or lowered, the backrests can be adjusted to suit each crew and while the crew are standing, the front bolster can be raised to give great lumbar support. Sun glare has been reduced by the black dash, instruments and radios. The interior linings and seats also black. A light grey, soft, sponge backed carpet lines the cabin floor, just like home. The cabin is well ventilated with opening windows for each crew member and double glass doors that seal off the cockpit from the cabin. The forward cabin has a huge amount of storage space for all of our equipment, and if necessary two people could sleep here.
Safety has been a major consideration in the design of the vessel, with nonslip coatings to all deck surfaces and steps, textured finish to the handrails, and nonslip mat to the top of the engine cover.
New Stormy Seas manually inflated yokes with stainless steel D rings have been purchased to enable the crew to be restrained by a lanyard while moving along the side decks to the bow.
A small marlin board with fold down ladder has been installed on the transom to provide protection to the leg. A Samson post is located on the top of the rear gunwale so there will be no need to lean over the transom to connect a tow rope.
To provide continuity through the squadron fleet a Volvo D4 260hp turbocharged diesel engine was chosen because of its proven reliability and efficiency.
There are many other features not listed here that only a visit to the vessel will satisfy, we encourage all members to do so.
- Length: 8.1m
- Beam: 2.9m
- Weight: TBA
- Fuel capacity: 300 litres
- Navigation: Furuno TZ2 touchscreen chart plotter and sounder. Icom AIS
- Communications: Icom VHF, 27MHz and command radios
- Lighting: Interior: Hella red/white dimmable ceiling mounted.
- Exterior: Two Hella S5000 lumens spot/floods to bow
Four Hella 3000 lumens LED light bars to one port, starboard and two on the front of the roof
- Navigation lights: Port and starboard mounted on the side of the cabin. Steaming, anchor, towing and cockpit flood lights have been installed on a fold down light tower mounted on the rear of the roof
- Engine: Volvo D4 260hp turbocharged diesel with a Volvo duo-prop stern drive.
- Trim tabs: Zip Wake interceptor type tabs with dial up adjustment and mouse type wheel to adjust bow up/down function
- Bilge pump: Rule automatic, and a manually operated bulge pump
- Windscreen wipers: Three, one mounted to each of the front window panels, with washers, adjustable speed and intermittent function.
- Trailer: Manufactured by Nautic Star with air bag suspension rated to 4,500kg.
A Pavilion opens at West Beach
This structure, with its clear, opening, sides, sits on the elevated northern deck, joined by an allweather link to the Anchorage Room.
The rooms at this West Beach Function Centre regularly host a large range of events, from business seminars to wedding receptions and birthday parties.
Whilst the seaside location makes it particularly appealing in summer, the addition of this facility will allow guests to enjoy the ambience of the location, but with protection from the sea breeze or weather changes.
The addition of this space also provides an opportunity for a break out area for refreshments, for groups using the Anchorage Room for training or business events. The pavilion operates as an extension of the popular first level Anchorage Room with guests and staff able to move outside, into the pavilion or onto the open deck, through a five metre wide opening. The bar and food service areas remain inside, but are easily accessed from outside through the new fold back doors. At night the pavilion is well lit with LED up-lighting spreading the light evenly and illuminating the tented canopies.
The architectural drawings for the project were by Nick Salvati of ADS Architects, with construction and pavilion design by Adelaide Shade Solutions. There were major engineering challenges, in the structure and in mounting to the concrete deck, but these were overcome by the combined efforts and persistence of the Squadron’s building committee, the designer, and the builders.
Squadron members will be able to enjoy the Pavilion when attending headquarters for meetings. Participants in some Squadron training courses, such as Seamanship, will similarly benefit. Members are reminded that Barry Pollard is happy to discuss special rates for hiring for your private functions. Be among the first to enjoy the view and atmosphere of this new facility!