New base for Coast­guard

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - VIR­GINIA FAL­LON

The Mana Coast­guard are used to be­ing the res­cuers, but now they find them­selves grate­ful to be the res­cued.

About $20,000 of com­mu­ni­ca­tion and res­cue gear was lost when an elec­tri­cal fire on Au­gust 14 de­stroyed the group’s Por­ta­com base on the Mana wharf.

Now, thanks to a wave of sup­port from the peo­ple of Porirua and Welling­ton, they are back be­side the wa­ter.

Car­rus Delevop­ments do­nated a site of­fice it no longer needed, and Rough Ter­rain Trans­port moved the Por­ta­com to Mana wharf.

James Hault Plumb­ing and John Cor­bett Elec­tri­cian pro­vided ser­vices free of charge, and Mana Cruis­ing Club agreed to the Por­ta­com, which is much big­ger than the last, go­ing back on its prop­erty.

Coast­guard pres­i­dent Peter Feely said: ‘‘We had to have an op­er­a­tions base ready for emerg- en­cies so we set up in the cen­tral city – it wasn’t ideal, but let us keep mon­i­tor­ing the wa­ter.

‘‘We still have a lot of work and re­fur­bish­ments to do, but we feel very lucky with all the sup­port we have re­ceived.’’

Car­rus rep­re­sen­ta­tive Melissa Meads said the com­pany was a com­mu­nity-fo­cused de­vel­oper and al­ways keen to help.

She and her hus­band had owned a boat of their own and been res­cued by the coast­guard a few times.

‘‘When we saw what had hap­pened, I called my boss Scott Adams, who just said ‘make it hap­pen’ and we did.

‘‘The coast­guard here are so im­por­tant, they re­ally save lives. It’s im­por­tant to have a fa­cil­ity like this in our com­mu­nity.’’

Coast­guard Mana cov­ered a large area on the Welling­ton re­gion’s west coast, from north of Pukerua Bay, over the Cook Strait to the top of Queen Char­lotte Sound and back to just south of Porirua.

Their busiest time, sum­mer, was fast ap­proach­ing and it was im­por­tant they could con­tinue with their work, Feely said.

BY THE NUM­BERS

10 res­cue op­er­a­tions since July 2015.

Vol­un­teers spent 119 hours on op­er­a­tions. 1897 hours in train­ing. 28 ac­tive crew mem­bers. The unit won an award in 2014 for the year’s most dif­fi­cult res­cue.

PHOTO: VIR­GINIA FAL­LON

Peter Feely from Mana Coast­guard in front of the new build­ing do­nated by Car­rus De­vel­op­ers. The pre­vi­ous build­ing was de­stroyed in an elec­tri­cal blaze on Au­gust 14.

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