NEW COAST GUARD RESCUE VESSEL


Barry 2019-08-16

After two years of dedicated effort and community fundraising as well as generous contributions from major funders, Coastguard has welcomed its latest Rescue Boat ‘Trillian Trust Rescue’ to the Hauraki Gulf.

Community funders have come together to make this essential resource possible with ‘Trillian Trust Rescue’ joining Auckland Coastguard’s fleet that operates from its base in Mechanics Bay.

Designed by Naiad Boats and built in New Zealand by Alloy Cats, this new 15m rescue boat brings enhanced capability to the fleet with extended range from North Cape through to East Cape and the ability to engage in overnight and extended search and rescue operations.

Able to face the extreme of weather conditions experienced in the Gulf, as a large rescue boat it is able to be deployed as a forward operating platform supporting smaller rescue boats during extended operations and provide an evacuation platform for casualties.

Significant grants from Trillian Trust, Lion Foundation, Foundation North, the Lotteries Grants Board and Kelliher Charitable Trust as well as funding from Coastguard, have enabled the launch of this vital rescue asset for the busy Hauraki Gulf.

“We simply cannot thank the funders and community supporters enough for helping us to bring this project to life. To have people that recognise the difference we make in the community every day sees them right alongside us in saving lives at sea,” says Auckland Coastguard President, Joe Single.

Auckland Coastguard and its volunteers proudly welcome Trillian Trust Rescue to their fleet where she will complement the existing capabilities of ‘Lion Foundation Rescue’ a 15m semi-foiling catamaran and ‘Trillian Rescue Alpha’ a 9.5m fast response vessel.  

The Unit’s previous large rescue boat was 20 years old having been donated off the back of the 2007 America’s Cup. She was not purpose built, however played a key role in search and rescue operations during her time in service.

Based at Mechanics Bay, Auckland Coastguard comprises of 150 volunteers who are there for the Auckland community 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, dropping everything at their home or workplace when activated. These volunteers attended over 430 incidents in the last 12 months, ranging from mechanical difficulties to search-and-rescue emergencies.

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