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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby Overlandman » Wed 21 Feb, 2024 9:00 am

Just announced that RotorLift will partner with Toll Group as part of its tender to continue supplying emergency helicopter services to the Tasmanian government.
So it’s possible Tasmania will get the larger Agusta Westland AW139 Helicopters. :)
No more Westpac logo on the helicopters.
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby headwerkn » Wed 21 Feb, 2024 12:38 pm

Overlandman wrote:Just announced that RotorLift will partner with Toll Group as part of its tender to continue supplying emergency helicopter services to the Tasmanian government.
So it’s possible Tasmania will get the larger Agusta Westland AW139 Helicopters. :)
No more Westpac logo on the helicopters.


Interesting. I wonder if this had anything to do with the winding up of the Rescue Helicopter Trust?
Weird that Westpac were 'happy' to lose arguably their most valuable sponsorship/branding/advertising venture. I can barely say "Rescue Helicopter" without saying "Westpac" first, the connection is so strong.
Apparently Toll have been a partner with SAR services on the mainland for a while.

Oh well, as long as the service exists and well funded, I don't care what it's called ;-)
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby north-north-west » Thu 22 Feb, 2024 1:28 pm

Overlandman wrote:Just announced that RotorLift will partner with Toll Group as part of its tender to continue supplying emergency helicopter services to the Tasmanian government.
So it’s possible Tasmania will get the larger Agusta Westland AW139 Helicopters. :)


Uggghhhh! Agusta make the ugliest helicopters around. I'd rather walk crawl.
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby johnw » Thu 22 Feb, 2024 3:05 pm

north-north-west wrote:
Overlandman wrote:Just announced that RotorLift will partner with Toll Group as part of its tender to continue supplying emergency helicopter services to the Tasmanian government.
So it’s possible Tasmania will get the larger Agusta Westland AW139 Helicopters. :)


Uggghhhh! Agusta make the ugliest helicopters around. I'd rather walk crawl.


Not that ugly, surely :?
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby GregG » Thu 22 Feb, 2024 4:53 pm

For what it is worth, I knew a man who said an Augusta 139 was the most beautiful sight he had ever seen. All depends on the circumstances.
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby Letstryagain » Thu 22 Feb, 2024 6:38 pm

GregG wrote:For what it is worth, I knew a man who said an Augusta 139 was the most beautiful sight he had ever seen. All depends on the circumstances.


Clearly a virgin!
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby headwerkn » Fri 23 Feb, 2024 7:23 am

Given the choice, I'd want a Bell 222 dressed up as Airwolf so I could hum the theme song.

But let's be honest.... if you're out in whoop-whoop with a broken leg, snakebite or whatever, anything from a Sikorsky R-4 and up would be perfectly fine ;-)
All helis look roughly the same from underneath anyway ;-)
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby GregG » Sat 24 Feb, 2024 11:04 pm

Letstryagain wrote:
GregG wrote:For what it is worth, I knew a man who said an Augusta 139 was the most beautiful sight he had ever seen. All depends on the circumstances.


Clearly a virgin!


Nah, just very lucky.
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby tastrax » Sun 25 Feb, 2024 8:21 am

You will struggle to land an Augusta on an old growth button grass plain
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby tastrax » Sun 25 Feb, 2024 8:21 am

You will struggle to land an Augusta on an old growth button grass plain
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby headwerkn » Sun 25 Feb, 2024 10:45 am

From Tas Police... sounds pretty serious.
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At 22.15 last night, Police were advised of an EPIRB activation at Federation Peak in the South West.

A bushwalker had failed to return to camp, and emergency responders were alerted by the man’s three companions.

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter was deployed to the area with a ground Search and Rescue crew on board.

The missing bushwalker had contacted authorities by phone and was able to provide coordinates to his location. He had fallen and sustained a head injury.

The man, in his 30s, was located about 1:45am and flown to the RHH.
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby Overlandman » Mon 26 Feb, 2024 2:25 pm

From Rotorlift
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Headed up to Pine Valley Hut near Lake St. Clair yesterday to provide assistance to a bushwalker.
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby johnw » Mon 26 Feb, 2024 3:01 pm

tastrax wrote:You will struggle to land an Augusta on an old growth button grass plain

I'm assuming because they have very low ground clearance, Phil? Or too heavy?
I have noticed up here those things seem to hover absolutely dead still, even in windy conditions. Maybe not put down completely?
NSW parks sometimes do a one skid landing in their own (smaller) choppers in awkward locations, for fire management etc.
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby north-north-west » Mon 26 Feb, 2024 4:05 pm

johnw wrote:
tastrax wrote:You will struggle to land an Augusta on an old growth button grass plain

I'm assuming because they have very low ground clearance, Phil? Or too heavy?


Probably ground clearance. Old Man buttongrass can be a metre high or more.
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby Overlandman » Mon 26 Feb, 2024 4:17 pm

I'm assuming because they have very low ground clearance, Phil? Or too heavy?
I have noticed up here those things seem to hover absolutely dead still, even in windy conditions. Maybe not put down completely?
NSW parks sometimes do a one skid landing in their own (smaller) choppers in awkward locations, for fire management etc.

Auto Hover on those machines John
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby Jon MS » Tue 27 Feb, 2024 8:49 am

A major advantage of the BK117 is its ability to get into tight locations due to its fairly small rotor disk. Something that a Agusta may struggle with due to its larger main rotor. And yes, the Agusta has very low ground clearance, which will greatly restrict its ability to land during remote area rescues.

The photo below was taken on Deal Island during the rescue of a Victorian bushwalker while my wife and I were caretakers. The chopper came from Melbourne without getting clearance from Tasmanian Search and Rescue with the crew saying as soon as they landed, and I quote, "we have wanted to come here for ages" (and they did a circuit of the island when they left...).

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But, the Agusta will be a faster machine with longer range, which is probably more of an advantage on the Mainland with its bigger distances.
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby lefroy » Wed 28 Feb, 2024 6:53 pm

No further details on the Federation rescue?
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby Letstryagain » Wed 28 Feb, 2024 8:09 pm

lefroy wrote:No further details on the Federation rescue?


Someone slipped and hurt themselves not enough?
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby vagrom » Wed 28 Feb, 2024 8:31 pm

Surgite et .. andiamo!
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby Letstryagain » Wed 28 Feb, 2024 8:43 pm

Hahaha, exactly!!

Or am I someone who likes to slow down to look at a roadside accident eh?
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby vagrom » Wed 28 Feb, 2024 9:05 pm

I submit. Three quarks for Muster Mark .
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby lefroy » Thu 29 Feb, 2024 9:31 am

Letstryagain wrote:
lefroy wrote:No further details on the Federation rescue?


Someone slipped and hurt themselves not enough?


It's more interesting than hearing about helicopters. An injury on Fedder is way better reading
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby Lostsoul » Sat 02 Mar, 2024 8:46 am

Jon MS wrote:A major advantage of the BK117 is its ability to get into tight locations due to its fairly small rotor disk. Something that a Agusta may struggle with due to its larger main rotor. And yes, the Agusta has very low ground clearance, which will greatly restrict its ability to land during remote area rescues.

The photo below was taken on Deal Island during the rescue of a Victorian bushwalker while my wife and I were caretakers. The chopper came from Melbourne without getting clearance from Tasmanian Search and Rescue with the crew saying as soon as they landed, and I quote, "we have wanted to come here for ages" (and they did a circuit of the island when they left...).

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But, the Agusta will be a faster machine with longer range, which is probably more of an advantage on the Mainland with its bigger distances.

That thing will be useless in Tassie mountain rescues.Hows it going to land in snow or buttongrass?
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby Overlandman » Mon 25 Mar, 2024 7:54 pm

One from yesterday
Tasmanian Police Facebook page

At 12:05pm Sunday 24 March 2024, Police were advised of a missing walker in the Luina area. Police were advised that a man in his 50s had deviated from a track to explore and had been unable to find his way back to the track at 6:50pm 23 March 2024. Police were advised that the mn was not prepare for an overnight stay.

The man was not in possession of a personal locator beacon. Police Search and Rescue made limited contact with him and were able to obtain coordinates of his location.

The Rescue Helicopter was deployed to assist with the search but was grounded due to inclement weather in the area. Members from Tasmania Police and Ambulance Tasmania attended the area and proceeded to the man;s location on foot.

The man was located at 10:45pm by Police members. Due to inclement weather in the area, the rescue helicopter was unable to attend and the man and the search team camped at the location.

At first light 25 March 2024, the rescue helicopter was able to attend the area and safely remove the man from this location.

Police would like to remind walkers to let someone know where you are walking, consider the weather conditions, plan for unexpected events, take adequate food and water and wear appropriate clothing. Also give consideration to purchasing and carrying a personal locator beacon.
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby Overlandman » Sat 27 Apr, 2024 4:33 pm

Update

Helicopter flew injured person out on Sunday morning


From Tasmania Police Facebook page

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The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Tasmania crew is on the ground at Tahune Hut as they continue to respond to an EPIRB activation on Frenchmans Cap in the state’s south-west.

It is understood that one member of a bushwalking party has injured their shoulder on the way to the summit.

A paramedic has been dispatched to the injured walker, who will be assessed to determine if they can walk out.

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The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Tasmania is responding to an EPIRB activation at Frenchmans Cap.

The weather on the West Coast is making it difficult for helicopter to reach the location.

More details will be provided when available.
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby Overlandman » Fri 03 May, 2024 9:27 pm

From Helicopter Resources Facebook page.

CareFlight have teamed up with Tasmania-based Helicopter Resources (HeliRes) in a bid to transform emergency helicopter services for Tasmania.

The Tasmanian Government has approached the market to upgrade and enhance the emergency helicopter services across the state. This new and substantially improved helicopter capability will support Ambulance Tasmania, Tasmania Police and land and maritime based Search and Rescue services across the State.

CareFlight’s strategic partnership with Helicopter Resources in the bid brings national experience and local expertise together for the benefit of residents and visitors across Tasmania. The partnership presents a world-class solution that delivers innovation and industry best practice while enhancing safety and improved availability.

You can read more about The CareFlight Team's proposed commitment to providing top of the line care to Tasmanians below:
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby tastrax » Sun 05 May, 2024 8:44 pm

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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby Overlandman » Sat 01 Jun, 2024 11:53 am

From Tas Police Facebook page

Police, with the assistance of Ambulance Tasmania and the State Emergency Service Search and Rescue Team (Northwest) are searching for a missing walker at Frenchmans Cap.

The 28 year old man from Hobart was last seen at 07:30am on Wednesday 28 May starting the final mountain ascent.

He told other walkers that he intended to walk to the summit and return to Lake Vera that day.

He did not return to his camping site, and the walkers reported their concerns to police on 31 May.

Last night a search and rescue team walked into the area, and is this morning walking up the mountain. The Westpac Rescue Helicopter will assist in the search.

Acting Sergeant Stephen Barrow said “We are very concerned for the safety of the missing walker, and are hoping that he is quickly found. I pass on my thanks to the walkers who reported this to Police and assisted with valuable information.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 131 444.
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby north-north-west » Sat 01 Jun, 2024 12:32 pm

Wouldn''t have been pleasant walking in last night if the wind was anywhere near as bad as it was here - and I assume it was similar, because otherwise the chopper would have been on the job.
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Re: Helicopter Rescues in Tasmania "2"

Postby Overlandman » Sat 01 Jun, 2024 3:32 pm

ABC story

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2024-06-01/ ... /103922998

I did notice the Air Ambulance Bell 412 heading that way, they use that for lifting with the external winch, but it turned back to Hobart
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