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Radio Operations

Coastguard Whangamata Operations

Contact / emergency Channel:  Ch.16 or dial 111
Normal working channel:             Ch.04     ZMH 54


Both Channels 16 & our local Channel 04 are manned 24/7.

The telephone is manned by a Whangamata operator 24 hrs / 7 days.  07 865 8800 (after hours the phone is diverted directly to the Whangamata Duty Officer)

Trip Reports
All boaties whether a member of Coastguard or not are encouraged to lodge a Trip Report (TR) when leaving the harbour. Your report should include the number of people on board, a general area you are heading to and your expected time of return (ETR). This information is noted in our TR sheets and will assist us in providing appropriate assistance if required. Safe boating practice encourages carrying two form of communication (VHF, Cell Phone) when heading off shore.

Coastguard NZ also has a Trip Reporting APP available on all cellphones,

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G J Gardner rescue

RESCUE VESSEL: "Gardner Rescue"

• 9.5m Naiad
• 2 x 250hp Yamaha Outboards
• Range – approx.200nm

Electronic Suite:
• Simrad Chartplotter, Radar, Depth Sounder
• ICOM x 2 Radios monitoring Chn.16 and 04
• Tracplus Satellite Tracking System

Other Equipment:
• Fire / Dewatering pump.
• Tow ropes
• Fire Extinguishers
• First Aid Packs including Oxygen

Standard Crew of 4 (up to 6) including 1 qualified Skipper. All crew are required to hold a Workplace First Aid Certificate and have completed the Coastguard N.Z. 13 module study course. In addition the crew need to have completed their Certificates in VHF Radio, Inboard/Outboard Maintenance, Radar, GPS and Boatmasters.

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