Coastguard Whitianga News – November

Last month saw a huge effort by our Whitianga Coastguard unit with well over 350 hours put into both call outs and assisting with the Tuia 250 Event. I would like to thank all the crew who assisted either on the CRV’s or in our Operations room with the multi agency event  which included Police, Dive Squad,  Harbourmasters and the Ministry of Culture and Heritage for the four days that we were operational.  Also a thank you to the Coastguard Whangamata unit who provided a CRV and crew for two days.  The Tall ships and Waka were quite impressive on the water especially under full sail,  however none of them were a vessel that I would like to go offshore in.

November had us busy with 9 call outs,  4 of which related to Tuia.  Our responses included one medical evacuation from Endeavour. The remaining call outs were all of a general nature mostly resulting in tows back to Whitianga.

I attended the Coastguard NZ AGM and National Awards of Excellence presentations this month, where our unit won “National Rescue of the Year Award”. The rescue related to a yacht in trouble with two persons on board in a large operational area in deteriorating conditions at night last year. A huge thank you to all the crew involved in what could have potentially been a fatal night. It was quite a night for all involved but ended well.

The Annual Coastguard Summer raffle will be starting soon and the tickets will be around town including the Countdown carpark.

Please support our Whitianga Coastguard unit by purchasing a ticket directly from us, this way the Unit sees the maximum return of each sale.

The extension of our shed is underway with the concrete pad down and framing underway, all very exciting.

Thank you also to those members who have already paid their annual subscription. To those new boaties looking to join up to Coastguard Membership please remember to join your local unit directly (wherever that may be) as that unit receives the full value of your subscription and continues to help us help you. Joining your local coastguard unit still means you are covered no matter where you break down in NZ.

So, finally a big thank you to the many, many people who helped out during this incredibly busy time for the unit.

Safe boating.

Stuart Brown

President – Whitianga Volunteer Coastguard