Trouble averted on Waiheke
The middle of a picturesque bay on Waiheke Island is a great place to be aboard a yacht on a beautiful summer’s morning. It’s a great feeling to be up early and to be ready to continue your sailing trip – but that great feeling disappears if you encounter mechanical problems before the day has even properly begun.
John had anchored overnight at Huruhi Bay, Waiheke Island and woke early to find an inlet pipe had managed to get clogged on the engine of his 40ft Elliot yacht, meaning he couldn’t manoeuvre out of the sheltered bay. Luckily, the Coastguard had John’s back.
Following a radio call to the Coastguard Operations Centre, the Coastguard Auckland catamaran Lion Foundation Rescue was dispatched to Waiheke. Despite the early hour the volunteers were on scene in 45 minutes, and the mechanically-minded crew set about attempting to clear the problem. Unfortunately, the blockage wasn’t able to be cleared so the yacht was taken under tow, and brought safely back to the owner’s marina in Half Moon Bay.
From a mechanical problem to a MayDay situation, in summer sunshine or wintery squalls, a Coastguard membership has you covered. And being a long time member of Coastguard, John’s call for assistance didn’t cost him anything more than a short wait in the sun.
For just $115 annually, Coastguard Members receive:
Free on-water assistance – whether it’s a flat battery or something more serious, a Coastguard membership has you covered
Peace of mind – Coastguard is available 24/7 should you require assistance, no matter where in New Zealand you do your boating
Discounts on boating education courses – refresh your skills with a Day Skipper course
Information and Safety Services, including publications and access to our Trip Reporting service
To become a Coastguard Member, call them on 0800 BOATIE (262 843) or visit www.coastguard.org.nz.