Coastguard swamped with demand


Barry 2018-10-18

From 15 – 28 October, Coastguard are appealing to the New Zealand public for donations to help them continue their life-saving efforts in providing professional marine and rescue services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days of the year.

Every year, nearly 7,000 New Zealanders – 19 a day on average – are brought home safely from our seas, lakes and rivers after an emergency. And it’s all made possible by Kiwi institution Coastguard New Zealand, a charity run by over 2,000 volunteers all dedicated to saving lives, and families, on the water.

Patrick Holmes, CEO of Coastguard NZ, says: “Coastguard volunteers give over 300,000 hours of their free time every year to make sure Kiwis can enjoy New Zealand’s magnificent waterways, secure in the knowledge that should anything go wrong, someone highly organised, trained and equipped will be there to help.

“Our volunteers will spring to the assistance of anyone in trouble – from a boat not starting or helping a kayaker or surfer in difficulty, to rescuing a man overboard, responding to an emergency flare, locating a drifting vessel or attending to a medical emergency at sea.

“October is the time when Kiwis get back on the water and we want everyone to know we’re their best mate – and not be scared to call us. At the end of the day, we don’t just save lives, we save families.”

Coastguard New Zealand urges Kiwis heading out on the water this summer to keep these three key messages in mind:

  • Always wear your lifejacket.
  • Take two separate waterproof forms of communication.
  • If something goes wrong, alert Coastguard as soon as you can – never be afraid to contact us.

Coastguard is a charity and with limited government funding it needs your help. You can donate to their cause here: www.coastguard.nz/donate-now/ 

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