Royal New Zealand Coastguard
" The Charity saving lives at sea "
Coastguard New Zealand is asking people not to go out on the water today or during the lockdown period to avoid putting themselves or Coastguard volunteers in harm’s way.
“Last year Coastguard volunteers responded to more than 3,700 calls for help, proving that regardless of planning and preparation, people can’t always rely on their own steam to get home,” says Coastguard New Zealand CEO, Callum Gillespie.
“As individuals we need to recognise that our actions can have an effect on others,” he adds.
“We have had a lot of calls and messages from the public asking if they’re able to go out on the water during the lockdown period, the answer is no. Should you get into difficulty, you will quickly want help from Coastguard volunteers and staff, requiring them to leave self-isolation and come together to help you.”
“Please don’t put yourself or others at risk, stay off the water and out of harm’s way as we unite against Covid-19.”
Coastguard is the charity that provides New Zealand's primary maritime search and rescue service.
The organisation operates from a network of four regions and 71 affiliated units, located around the coastline and major lakes of New Zealand.
Coastguard Whangamata promotes Skipper Responsibility as the core principle to safe boating.
At all times the individual in charge of the boat or craft must take all practical steps to keep their craft and those on board
Coastguard Whangamata currently has 64 active volunteers.
These include 22 CRV crew members of which 3 are skippers, 9 duty officers, 1 SAR controller,
33 radio operators (7 are home based) and a governing committee of 10.
Coastguard Whangamata has a close working relationship with Police,
Surf Lifesaving Whangamata and St John Ambulance.
7 day forecasts, actual boating safety ratings, windspeeds, wave heights and tides from Metservice. If you are planning an offshore trip or some blue water fishing you might want to check out Metvuw ocean weather maps and it's extensive pool of weather and climate information
By becoming a member, your vessel and on shore contact details are held in our data base. These details can prove invaluable in an emergency situation. If your vessel is disabled at sea, we will provide free assistance to get you back to a safe haven.
Whangamata Coastguard maintains close liaison with other emergency agencies in the event of need and weather forecasts are provided at regular intervals throughout the day.
Whangamata Coastguard is now linked in with the Eastern and Northern Region communications hub. This seamless link enables 24hr VHF communications in our coverage area.
Along with providing training to all volunteers, Coastguard Whangamata maintain their rescue vessel: The "Gardner Rescue"