Res­cue op­er­a­tion award

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Coast­guard Mana was hon­oured with the Mitre 10 Coast­guard Res­cue of the Year award at the Na­tional Coast­guard Awards of Ex­cel­lence evening in Auck­land last week.

After lunch on March 4, vol­un­teers from Coast­guard Mana were paged about an in­ci­dent in­volv­ing two fish­er­men in the Cook Strait.

The men had set off early that morn­ing to catch tuna in a fourme­tre open run­about, when they lost power and were un­sure of their lo­ca­tion.

With Cy­clone Lusi bear­ing down from the north, the Coast­guard Mana crew de­parted Mana Ma­rina in search of the men.

In six-me­tre seas and with the in­teris­land fer­ries un­able to sail, the vol­un­teers as­sessed they had a win­dow of three to four hours.

Within two hours the crew man­aged to pin­point the fish­er­men in a high-risk op­er­a­tion in treach­er­ous con­di­tions and brought them to safety, avert­ing dis­as­ter.

Peter Feely, pres­i­dent of Coast­guard Mana vol­un­teer unit, said news of the two fish­er­men and five Coast­guard Mana crew safely re­turn­ing to base just in time to beat a sharp weather change re­ally made its mark.

Coast­guard New

Zealand chief ex­ec­u­tive, Pa­trick Holmes, said the awards were made to hon­our the brave in­di­vid­u­als and units who pro­vided cru­cial life-sav­ing ser­vices to New Zealan­ders.

Happy quar­tet: From left, Coast­guard Mana’s Trevor Farmer, Peter Feely and Trevor Burgess, and Dean Lawrence, pres­i­dent of Coast­guard New Zealand.

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