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 and others at risk.
The crew at Sumner Lifeboat, a unit of Coastguard New Zealand, are trained in how to save lives at sea and willingly volunteer themselves for this role. However if you get into trouble and we have to respond, we will have to break the self isolation rules and put ourselves and our families at serious risk of exposure to COVID-19.
Please stay off the water.
Coastguard New Zealand explains more on their COVID-19 page.