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"There is little better than a day out on the water. Whether it's a gentle sail, a blast up the coast, lines over the side, a dive to explore the bottom, or a get together with mates....
...there is little worse than finding yourself in trouble in that patch of paradise, wishing that you knew more, or that your family or crew could get you and your boat safely back to shore if ever they had to."
Coastguard looks out for the safety of every person who goes to sea off our coast or enjoys any of the region's harbours, or beaches.
Thursdays training session for operational crew started with a report from the wharf of a person who looked to be in trouble outside the entrance to the Mana Marina.
MR1 with 4 crew responded and identifed a person trying to get to shore across the tide and towing a kite. MR1 was positioned for the Stop Assess Plan process that we use for our training and operational responses.
New Beginnings, ferro cement yacht broke loose from her mooring in the main navigation and beached. crew placed on standby waiting permission from the owner to board and make safe. Harbour ranger on hand to determine likley needs for Harbour Master
Vessel engine had overheated then had water in the bilge. Managed to get the engine started before CG arrive and was being assisted on scene by Sea Patrol. Vessel skipper advised they could run on own power so we shadowed them back to Mana where they proceeded to their berth. No tow was required.
33 foot keeler went aground at entrance to the channel at Ngatitoa. Vessel stuck fast with tide incoming. Vessel still stuck at high tide and would not budge. Mana Rescue 1 was able to secure a line to the vessel and eventually pull her off the sandbar. She was towed to deeper water then made her way to Mana under her own steam.
Small recreational fishing vessel lost steerage of Makara and requested assistance. Occupants were thrown about but not injured. Vessel was drifting but located quickly and taken under tow to Mana Marina arriving around 1530 hours.
9 metre yacht broken down 2 nm south of Mana Island with 3 people on board. Suspect electrical failure. Taken under tow and delivered safely to Mana Marina. MR! & MR2 both assisted.
Vessel suffered loss of power near Taupo Point/Kerehana Bay with 2 POB. Two members of public assisted owner to keep vessel off rocks until taken under tow by MR1. Water depth was <.5m and vessel suffered some rock damage to fiberglass hull. Towed back to Mana Cruising Club ramp.
This salvage task followed on from the resuce operation of the morning. MR1 carried a salvage crew and Smashers owner out to the island to do a damage assesment and then repair work.
MR1 was standing by the operation for salvage crew safety and sea support. some transfer tasks were carried out for materiel and personel, before Smasher was seaworthy and the boat was able to be pulled (astern) off the shore and the tow line transferred to the bow for a tow into safe water where the boats were rafted up and Smasher was delivered to the liftout dock.
Smasher, a 27" Pelin motor launch split its hull coming off a wave as it was leaving Porirua harbour (vicinity of the outer reef). Smasher was in transit with another vessel which stood by her
Mana Rescue1 was tasked to support by police
The owner was able to put the vessel ashore on Mana Island (just north of shingle point) before MR1 arrived on scene.
MR1 was able to confirm that the crew of smasher were safe, then start to render assistance to strip the vessel and secure her on shore and stern to sea.
A 4 metre racing dinghy with 4 POB overturned in the Onepoto arm of Porirua harbour, 2 of the crew made it to shore whilst 2 stayed on board.
Police responded Westpac helicopter, Wellington Free Ambulance and Coastguard Mana to assist.
Coastguard shore crew of 2 were liaising wih police on scene and 1 radiocoms person in our base at the mana cruising club