August Newsletter

For Coastguard Whitianga the winter months are generally slower, especially as bad weather interrupts our fishing trips.  This year has been the same, except that when the weather does play ball the trips out seem to be further afield chasing tuna.

The number of radio calls handled by our unit whilst we’ve had the watch increased by nearly 20% winter.

On the Water, our call outs last month totalled eight. Two were urgent, one being a fisherman having numerous issues and with no communications and five people ending up in the water after their vessel was swamped.  Our thanks to both Whanagapoua fire and local St. Johns for their assistance during the call out and their post incident care.

Our AGM is being held on the 29th August at 11.00 at the Coastguard shed in Dundas Street. All members are welcome.

The unit will be holding an Open Day on the 27th September between 11.00am and 3.00pm. We will have both boats on display and our volunteers will be available to show you around and answer any questions on boating, education, membership or becoming a volunteer. Come along for an educational look.

The Alan Jackson Memorial Cadetship cadets are progressing well with everyone passing their Marine VHF Course. They have now moved onto their Day Skipper Theory  as well as developing practical boating skills onboard our Rescue Vessel.  This classroom Rocks!

A gentle reminder please, that when there is a rugby match on, please do not park your vehicle in front of the roller doors of the Coastguard building. If we receive a call out, and the doors are blocked, we have to await the arrival of the Police and then a tow truck before we can get a boat out. These precious wasted minutes could literally be the difference between a great outcome or a not so good one.

Safe boating.
Stuart Brown