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308 volunteers save lives at sea and on lakes around the Southen Region. Coastguard’s brave volunteers don’t ask a cent for their lifesaving work – they don’t do it to be rewarded. They do however need support to ensure they have the best possible training and the right equipment, to achieve their mission safely.
Only 15% of our funding comes from government so the support of the public is vital.
Last year across New Zealand Coastguard volunteers rescued 6,634 people. These are people who would have perished at sea if our volunteers weren’t there to save them.
Rachel McKenzie has been made a ‘Life Member’ of Coastguard Canterbury in recognition of her exemplary service over 20 years. Winner of the national Coastguard Volunteer of the Year Award in 2010, Rachel is the first to be called in any incident and attends the majority of calls outs as Skipper, Crew, SAR Controller or simply [...]