CYCA SOLAS Trusts donates $15,056 to Tasmanian Air Rescue Trust

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  • By Jennifer Crooks
  • 31 Dec 2010 11:27:00
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Matt Allen, Chairman of CYCA SOLAS Trusts and Brett Smith, Tasmanian Air Rescue Trusts, with one of the immersion suits that the SOLAS Trusts donation funds were used to purchase

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The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Safety of Life at Sea Trusts (SOLAS) has made a donation to Tasmanian Air Rescue Trust (TART) of $15,056 which will be used to purchase 12 Aircrew Immersion Suits for water borne rescue.

The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia Sydney Hobart Yacht Race Safety of Life at Sea Trusts (SOLAS) has made a donation to Tasmanian Air Rescue Trust (TART) of $15,056 which will be used to purchase 12 Aircrew Immersion Suits for water borne rescue. 
This is the third donation that the Tasmanian Air Rescue Trust (TART) is to receive from CYCA SOLAS Trusts, which was established after the tragic 1998 Sydney Hobart Yacht Race to assist search and rescue organisations Australia wide. TART has received over $58,000 from the CYCA SOLAS Trusts over the last five years. 

The Tasmanian Air Rescue Trust averages 80 missions annually ranging from Medivacs, searches for bushwalkers, road trauma and rescue at sea. The Trust operates the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service (Tas) in conjunction with Tasmanian Government authorities Police and Emergency Services and Rotor-Lift Helicopters who supply the aircraft and pilots. Each air rescue is undertaken with a police officer and an ambulance officer onboard.

TART improves the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service by supplying equipment and providing training by raising funds.

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 Tasmanian Air Rescue Trust so that they can continue to operate the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service and maintain their high level of service and care to the Tasmanian community.”

“It is organisations like these that are often first to come to the aid of yachtsmen, commercial and recreational vessels. The support that Tasmanian Air Rescue Trust has provided to the annual Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race over the years is recognised by this donation and its two previous donations and we look forward to their continued support in the future, should it be required,” Allen added.

Brett Smith from the Tasmanian Air Rescue Trust says the lightweight suits are worn over clothing and sealed to keep the wearer dry.

"In a worst case scenario it will certainly increase your time up to 20 minutes in the water, whereas before you could probably only get between three and five [minutes]," Inspector Smith explained. "That's in significantly adverse conditions."

"If we were to utilise these offshore, in a race such as the Rolex Sydney Hobart, I would expect survival time to be six or seven hours."

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service also demonstrated their skills following today’s presentation, undertaking a winching from the water which demonstrated just how vital these immersion suits are for rescue crews.
         
One of the CYCA’s SOLAS Trusts objectives is to assist search and rescue organisations Australia wide. In the eleven years since it was established, in excess of $570,000 has been donated to 17 organisations in every Australian state as well as the ACT. This is the fifth Tasmanian donation and the third to TART. Other organisations to benefit from CYCA SOLAS Trusts donations are TasCoast Radio and St Helens Marine Rescue

Last year with the support of the CYCA SOLAS Trusts, the CYCA Medical Management for Mariners Course was launched. This specialist course has been designed for sailors to manage medical emergencies when paramedic and medical assistance is not at hand. It aims to provide sailors and others with additional skills and knowledge to assist them in assessing and providing immediate and longer term management for casualties and illness in the marine environment. The next course commences on Tuesday 15 February, 2011 – log on to http://www.cyca.com.au/editorial.asp?key=4423 for further details.

By Jennifer Crooks

Westpac Rescue Helicopter (TAS) demonstrates a winch rescue Image: ROLEX/Carlo Borlenghi

Westpac Rescue Helicopter (TAS) demonstrates a winch rescue

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