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Whitianga Coastguard report and cadet intake

We had a steady month with a bit of a peak during the Kubota Fishing Competition.
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Overall during the month we had two urgent and 12 non-urgent callouts. Both were urgent callouts related to a vessel that had gone onto rocks.

The non-urgent callouts were mostly mechanical issues and required tows back to Whitianga.

About Coastguard membership: Another reminder to vessel skippers; there should be a Coastguard membership holder on the vessel for free assistance.

You will be charged $350 per hour if there is not a member onboard (so your uncles’ cousin twice removed who is a member but not on board does not qualify for free assistance).

Coastguard New Zealand membership costs $130 and ultimately can save you a lot of money and hassle. As a member you are covered anywhere in New Zealand and the vessel is entitled to free assistance.

We have welcomed some new trainees to the unit and training for all the crews is ramping up after the summer.

Cadet Intake:

We are starting to look for this years’ intake for the twelve-week Alan Jackson Memorial Cadetship. The cadets generally range between 15-17 years and they will undertake some tutor led courses as well as practical on water training with our Coastguard Rescue Vessels. If anyone thinks this might be of interest to them, please refer to the online brochure on our Facebook page.

I would like to thank all the units’ volunteers for their work over the summer whether they were dry or wet crews or the radio operators. Some seriously long hours were racked up by these people over this time.