Coast­guard to help

Manawatu Guardian - - NEWS -

Things can go wrong very quickly on the wa­ter and ev­ery year nearly 7000 New Zealan­ders, 19 a day on av­er­age, are brought home safely from our seas, lakes and rivers af­ter an emer­gency.

This pre­vents 1.6 mil­lion of us from los­ing some­one we know.

And it’s all made pos­si­ble by Kiwi in­sti­tu­tion Coast­guard New Zealand, a char­ity run by over 2000 vol­un­teers all ded­i­cated to sav­ing lives and fam­i­lies on the wa­ter. From Oc­to­ber 15 — 28, Coast­guard is ap­peal­ing to the 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.

Coast­guard NZ CEO Pa­trick Holmes says Coast­guard vol­un­teers give over 300,000 hours of their time ev­ery year to make sure Ki­wis can en­joy New Zealand’s 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

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