2020 In Review

Posted by on Jan 10, 2021 in Sumner Lifeboat News | No Comments
2020 in review: a relatively quiet year, with 28 callouts, including several at night or at dusk.
All incidents could have had serious consequences. They were a mix of surfers or boarders in big seas, broken down boats and missing persons. Our volunteer crew always responded rapidly, with typically 10-12 boat and shore crew arriving to help out.
Many thanks to locals who played a vital role throughout the year in informing us of surfers in difficulties.
The lower callout rate was partly due to Covid lockdowns March-May and cooler weather in December reducing the holiday crowds.
Group photo 2021-11In crew news, John Atkins achieved a milestone 25 years of Coastguard Service, Blair Quane was revalidated as a Coastguard skipper, 2 crew achieved senior operational status, 4 crew moved from trainee to operational status, 3 crew passed radio operator exams and 4 people joined as new trainees.
At the start of 2021 we are in a great position to continue our 24×7 volunteer rescue service, with a strong complement of crew and all vessels in good order.
As a charity, we couldn’t do this without our supporters.
Huge thanks to our donors large and small – in these Covid times every dollar counts we are very grateful to receive support so we can continue our mission to save lives at sea.
If you’d like to help now, you can donate via our online donation form.
Have a look at our donation page for other ways to support us too. Thank you!