New boat crew – applications close 13/10/2020

Posted by on Oct 9, 2020 in Sumner Lifeboat News | No Comments
New boat crew – applications close 13/10/2020

Sumner Lifeboat is calling for volunteers to join as boat crew. Applications close this coming Tuesday, 13th October 2020. All training and equipment is provided. Volunteers need to be competent swimmers and physically fit. To find out what’s involved and to get the application form, go to our Volunteer page. Keen to join up? Complete […]

Night search on the estuary

Posted by on Oct 8, 2020 in Sumner Lifeboat News | No Comments
Night search on the estuary

Friday 25 September 2020 20:57 – a big night search on the Avon/Heathcote Estuary for three persons who were reported to be in trouble in the water off Shag Rock. Police tasked Sumner Lifeboat for the on-water search. 14 crew responded and Hamilton Jet Rescue was launched within four minutes, closely followed by Urquhart Trust […]

Six crew attain Coastguard senior & operational levels

Posted by on Sep 9, 2020 in Sumner Lifeboat News | No Comments
Six crew attain Coastguard senior & operational levels

Congratulations to Sumner Lifeboat crew who attained new Coastguard statuses in August:   Senior Operational level – Finley Passmore and Mike Barber   Operational level – Camilla Gibbons, Howard Nicholls, Paul Cowey and Yvonne de Beer.   Achieving these levels required passing many theory and practical modules, and culminated with a final assessment by a […]

Alert Level 2 – Back on the Water!

Posted by on May 15, 2020 in Sumner Lifeboat News | No Comments
Alert Level 2 – Back on the Water!

With Alert Level 2 coming into effect on Thursday 14 May 2020, boaties are allowed back on the water and surfing, swimming, kayaking etc. are permitted too. Sumner Lifeboat crew will be on call 24×7, as they were throughout the COVID-19 lockdown.  For boaties, there’s some prep you should do before setting out. Coastguard New […]

COVID-19: Please stay off the water

Posted by on Mar 25, 2020 in Sumner Lifeboat News | No Comments
COVID-19: Please stay off the water

At this time when we all need to unite to beat COVID-19, we ask that you stay off the water and out of harm’s way.  Should you get into difficulty, you will quickly want help from Coastguard volunteers and staff, requiring them to leave self-isolation and come together to help you.  Please don’t put yourself […]

COVID-19: Sumner Lifeboat still operating

Posted by on Mar 23, 2020 in Sumner Lifeboat News | No Comments
COVID-19: Sumner Lifeboat still operating

Despite the COVID-19 restrictions, Sumner Lifeboat will continue to operate its 24×7 maritime search and rescue services. Our vessels will be maintained and crew will respond to emergency call outs.    All training and non-essential contact has ceased but we will continue to serve our community if we are called out for someone in distress on the […]

Four crew attain Coastguard senior & operational levels

Posted by on Oct 2, 2019 in Sumner Lifeboat News | No Comments
Four crew attain Coastguard senior & operational levels

Training for success! Four volunteer crew have recently achieved Coastguard senior and operational levels, the well-deserved outcome of two years of training and a lot of hard work. Baptiste Marconnet and Bjorn Stankowitz have become Coastguard Senior Operational crew, moving up from Operational status. Patrice de Beer and Paul Mutton have become Operational crew, progressing […]

Bob C’Ailceta receives a 2019 Coastguard volunteer award

Posted by on Sep 29, 2019 in Sumner Lifeboat News | No Comments
Bob C’Ailceta receives a 2019 Coastguard volunteer award

Sumner Lifeboat’s radio operator Bob C’Ailceta has received a Coastguard Southern Region award: he is the Communications & Incident Management Volunteer of the Year 2019. Bob joined Sumner Lifeboat as a volunteer in 2001. He is part of a team of Radio Operators providing communications with the unit’s rescue vessels and other search and rescue […]

Paul Lawson, ex Coxswain & President passes away

Posted by on Sep 18, 2019 in Sumner Lifeboat News | No Comments
Paul Lawson, ex Coxswain & President passes away

Very sad news – former Sumner Lifeboat Coxswain and President Paul Lawson passed away on Tuesday 17 September 2019 with his family beside him. A lifeboat legend, his contributions over 21 years with Sumner Lifeboat Institution and Coastguard New Zealand were huge and he will be missed by us all. He was always focused on […]

Assistance to yacht south of Motunau

Posted by on Jul 20, 2019 in Sumner Lifeboat News | No Comments
Assistance to yacht south of Motunau

Sat 20 July 2019 5:04pm – Another night-time mission: Blue Arrow Rescue was launched to search and attend to a yacht with engine troubles south of Motunau. The 35ft yacht with three persons on board had lost all power in difficult conditions. It became a ten hour night trip involving two rescue vessels. North Canterbury […]

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