Saving lives on water
Help save lives at sea by giving back to Coastguard during their annual appeal this week.
Coastguard New Zealand is appealing to the public for donations to help them continue their life-saving efforts, providing professional marine and rescue services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days of the year. Coastguard is a charity with limited government funding. The appeal, which started last week, will end on Sunday.
In the Bay of Plenty alone, Coastguard has already saved 1106 people since the start of the year. The Bay of Plenty area is one of busiest nationwide and includes Waihi Beach,
Maketu¯, po¯toki, Tairua/ Pauanui, Tauranga, Whakata¯ne, Whangamata¯ and Whitianga.
With 247 volunteers spread across the Bay of Plenty, units have dedicated nearly 53,000 hours so far this year, and summer, with more rescues, is just around the corner.
Patrick Holmes, CEO of Coastguard NZ, says that the role of volunteers and their dedication is crucial to help people enjoy waterways safely in the country.
“Our volunteers will spring to the assistance of anyone in trouble — from a boat not starting or helping a kayaker or surfer in difficulty, to rescuing a man overboard, responding to an emergency flare, locating a drifting vessel or attending to a medical emergency at sea.
“October is the time when Kiwis get back on the water and we want everyone to know we’re their best mate — and not be scared to call us. At the end of the day, we don’t just save lives, we save families.”
Coastguard urges people heading out on the water this summer to keep three key messages in mind:
1. Always wear your lifejacket.
2. Take two separate waterproof forms of communication.
3. If something goes wrong, alert Coastguard as soon as you can — never be afraid to contact them.
■ Donate to Coastguard New Zealand online at www.coastguard.nz/donate-now/.
To support, donate or volunteer for Waihi Beach Coastguard, visit www.waihibeachcoastguard.co.nz
Waihi Beach Coastguard heading out to sea.