Night vi­sion gear for Coast­guard

Waihi Leader - - News -

Waihi Beach Vol­un­teer Coast­guard re­cently added two new sets of night vi­sion gog­gles to the equip­ment car­ried on board their ves­sel AVOCO Res­cue thanks to a dona­tion by OceanaGold Waihi.

This tech­nol­ogy now com­pli­ments the set al­ready car­ried on board their other ves­sel Gal­lagher Res­cue. When called out at night these gog­gles will al­low vol­un­teer crew mem­bers to see up to 100m in to­tal dark­ness while con­duct­ing searches out on the wa­ter.

“This new gear now means we can cover a larger area of wa­ter far more quickly and thor­oughly than be­fore as our spot­lights only pen­e­trate out to about 10 or 20m,” says Waihi Beach Coast­guard spokesper­son Jim Poo­ley.

“Search­ing for a miss­ing per­son at night is de­mand­ing on the crew but thanks to OceanaGold we now have more tools to help us get on with our ob­jec­tive of sav­ing lives at sea”

Jim says the sup­port of lo­cal busi­nesses and lo­cal mem­ber­ship are cru­cial to the strength of Waihi Beach Coast­guard and mean they re­main well-placed to deal with any on-wa­ter in­ci­dents in the area.

Kit Wil­son, com­mu­nity ad­vi­sor, says OceanaGold is pleased to be able to as­sist Waihi Beach Coast­guard by fund­ing the pur­chase of an ad­di­tional set of night vi­sion gog­gles.

“Many of our staff spend time on the har­bour, and we know how easy it is for things to go wrong. Know­ing that we have a trained and com­mit­ted group like our lo­cal Coast­guard who have ac­cess to the right gear is al­ways re­as­sur­ing.”

In the last year Waihi Beach Vol­un­teer Coast­guard vol­un­teers logged 7974 VHF ra­dio calls, were called out 34 times and as­sisted 78 peo­ple safely back to land.


Coast­guard se­nior crew vol­un­teer Rhys Wal­ton, left with Oceana Gold's Peter Church with the night vi­sion gog­gles.

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