Coastguard to help
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