Busy week for the Tairua-Pauanui coastguard with two major incidents


Like many units across the country, the Tairua-Pauanui Coast Guard continue to have a busy summer on the water with the unit responding to two major incidents over the past week as well as a late call. in the night this morning.

On Monday, the unit assisted a submerged boat upside down after it overturned on the Tairua bar. The Coast Guard worked with Surf Lifesaving staff to tow the returned boat from Pauanui to Royal Billy Point, where, with the help of the public, they righted the boat, pumped it up, and brought it back to the ship. sandbank to its owner.

This was followed on Wednesday by the Tairua-Pauanui Coast Guard supporting three rescue helicopters, police, an ambulance, Fire & Emergency New Zealand and the Pauanui Surf Lifesaving Club on a ship overturned on Tairua Bar. The Coast Guard‘s deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of those involved.

This morning, the Tairua-Pauanui Coast Guard left the base at 1:28 a.m. to a report of a drifting vessel with an anchor light lit with the informant not knowing if anyone was on board. The unit responded and arrived at the ship near Slipper Island at 1:57 a.m. The crew assisted the only person on board to anchor safely to Slipper Island before returning to base after 3:00 a.m.

Tairua-Pauanui Coast Guard President Andrew Gibson said a newly formed sand bar created difficult conditions for boaters around low tide in the area.

“Even for experienced Coast Guard volunteers, Bar Tairua remains a treacherous bar, especially at or near low tide. Marine conditions can change quickly and with the movement of the sand crossing the bar can be different each time, ”said Andrew.

For boaters in the Pauanui / Tairua area, Coastguard Radio broadcasts an advisory service that indicates conditions on the Tairua bar. The notice indicates whether the bar is:

Level 1: normal – free navigation

Level 2: marginal – navigate with caution

Level 3: not recommended – navigation is likely to be dangerous.

Stay safe this summer

With a record number of people on the water this summer and the number of drowning deaths significantly exceeding in previous years, the Coast Guard is calling on all boaters to take a step back before setting out, ensuring your vessel is prepared. with all the appropriate safety equipment, including suitable PFDs / life jackets for everyone on board, you have two modes of communication, you have checked the weather forecast for the duration of your trip and you have recorded a travel with Coastguard either through the Coastguard app, on VHF or by dialing * 500. You do not need to be a member of the Coast Guard to save a trip report, this is a free service we offer to all boaters.

For boaters crossing a bar, a specific bar crossing service is available and recording a crossing report is as simple as a trip report. The main differences are that this can only be done by dialing * 500 or on the VHF radio. Saving a bar crossing report means that a ‘watch’ is set on your crossing and if the report is not closed, emergency services will be activated immediately. This service is free for boaters and saves lives every year with a recent rescue at Raglan bar being the most recent example.

Since Christmas Day, the Coast Guard has responded to nearly 400 calls for help across the country. We ask all water users to follow these basic safety precautions and hold your friends and whānau to account so that we can all enjoy a safe summer.

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