Coastguard West Coast
- $420.00 donated
- 9 generous donors
Coastguard West Coast is raising money to continue to refurbish the new boat and to complete its purchase.
Over the last 30 years ten boats have capsized on the Greymouth bar which has resulted in the tragic lost of 18 lives.
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My name is Mark Bolland and I am operational crew as well as the Safety Officer for Coastguard West Coast.
For the last 30 years I have had a passion around water safety and supporting volunteers that provide help for others. We are a small team of volunteers with a magic boat which needs your help. We have had some amazing local support but due to the economic downturn we now need the wider support of New Zealand to help bring our volunteers and boat back across one of the most notorious and dangerous river bars in New Zealand.
I know what it’s like when the call goes up and you assemble at the boat with the smell of diesel in the air from a fishing boat that has just capsized on the bar, you turn into the Grey river and proceed to a mountain of water which has just taken one boat. Our immediate challenge is to safely cross the bar and set up a search pattern to find survivors. Nets, dead fish and an upturned boat remind you this is not an exercise, this is real, it’s risky and you are the hope that families cling to bring their loved ones back. Our volunteers have a sense of responsibility to train and crew the boat but they need more support to keep the boat safe and operational.
Coastguard West Coast doesn’t have huge resources but it has a big responsibility which needs your support. Support us and let our volunteers focus on saving someone’s life.
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