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Learn About Coastguard Nelson

All around the Nelson region, 24 hours a day and 365 days a year Coastguard Nelson is there for our communities as the charity saving lives at sea. 

What Do We Do?

It's simple really, Coastguard Nelson is dedicated to "Saving Lives At Sea". Our highly trained volunteers are on call, ready to respond to a situation of distress on the water at a moments notice, 24/7 hours a day, 365 days of the year.

Coastguard Nelson looks out for the safety of every person in the wider Tasman Bay area, from the northern tip of D'Urville Island, to Farewell Spit.

At sea anything can go wrong in a very short period of time and often when weather conditions begin to deteriorate rapidly. The nature of rescues varies greatly - over the past 12 months Nelson Volunteer Coastguard has been called out for the following types of events:

  • Flare sightings
  • Vessels over-turned & people in the water

  • Fire at sea

  • Urgent Medical emergencies

  • Breakdowns of many different kinds (please do check the state of your engine starting battery and also your starter motor).  Mostly, breakdowns' result in a tow back to port.

  •  Assist the New Zealand Police and other Emergency Services.

It's good to know that when you need us - We'll be there.

Equipment

Nelson Volunteer Coastguard currently operates a single Niaid 8.5 metre, fast response vessel "Talleys Marine Rescue"  registration ZMW4522.  The vessel carries a normal operational crew of 4.

GPS technology enables the vessel's location and movements to be monitored at all times by Maritime New Zealand, Police and Coastguard Nelson's operational control room.  This capability is a comforting safeguard for the crew and an invaluable tool in the often fast changing situations that the vessel and its crew find themselves in.

Some information about current Coastguard Nelson response vessel:

  • Type: Ridged aluminium hull with buoyancy collars

  • Power: 2 x Yamaha 200 horsepower outboards engines

  • Fuel capacity: 500 litres

  • Top speed: around 40 knots

  • Service speed: around 25 knots

Apart from search and rescue, the vessel is also equipped for towing, minor medical emergencies, fire-fighting and pumping water out of other vessels.  The vessel crew is trained in all of these activities.

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Covering a huge area

Coastguard Nelson's operational area is one of the largest in New Zealand, twice the size of Auckland's Hauraki Gulf. It stretches from Kahurangi Point in the west to Stephens Island in the east, and in big emergencies, can extend to Cloudy Bay.

Coastguard Nelson covers a huge area with challenging sea conditions and the current boat just can't cope with increasing demands for help. The volunteer-staffed coastguard has to raise a million dollars by the end of 2019 to place an order for the $1.3 million vessel it needs to continue its mission of saving lives at sea. We need your support.

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IN THE PAST YEAR COASTGUARD NELSON HAVE:

CARRIED OUT
potential lifesaving resumes
BROUGHT HOME
people safely to their families and communities
ASSISTED
vessels with mechanical problems, or which have run out of fuel
CONTRIBUTED
hours to boating safety education and information
SPENT
hours at sea
CONDUCTED
hours of training and upskilling new volunteers and team members

“We knew the coastguard was coming so we just hung on until you did.”

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