A quieter month, not surprising given the conditions out on the water. Five call outs including one urgent and four non-urgent.
The urgent call was received whilst the CRV was already towing a yacht from North of Cuvier, the tasking to retrieve two divers off rocks and return them to their vessel. We dropped the yacht we had been towing off to Opito, attended the urgent callout and once completed, returned to Opito to recommence the tow of the yacht to Whitianga. The other callouts were for general assists, mostly tows back to Whitianga ramps.
With the callout to the yacht out North of Cuvier, we requested that they activate their PLB to provide Rescue Coordination Centre with a GPS location to help us locate them.
A reminder that with EPIRB’s and Personal Locator Beacons they are only helpful in a search if they are registered and have the correct information on for you, your vessel and your contacts. So if you move or change details please ensure you update them. Of all the beacon activations in NZ over the last year, over 20% had not been registered. Any activation is taken very seriously and is acted upon promptly, however the secondary actions such as contacting an emergency person, provides a great deal of information and benefits to the agency searching, no matter whether it’s Coastguard, Land Search and Rescue or the Police.
Registration and updating information is free and can be done at www.beacons.org,nz
This is also true of your Call sign. Ensure your vessel Call Sign is up to date with your vessel and contact details by giving Coastguard boating education a call on 0800 40 80 90.
The Cadets have been progressing very well and recently completed their First Aid and In Water Survival courses. Next week they complete their final passage planning and complete their night passage.
We have been advised by Coastguard New Zealand that delivery of our America’s Cup 9m Rayglass Protector has been delayed until late October.
Winter is a good time for some simple boat checks and maintenance. Check the safety gear on board your vessel, making sure that flares are current, inflatable life jackets are in good condition and are working, EPIRBS are in date, Fire extinguishers haven’t expired and batteries are clean and dry and well secured.