Volunteer Maritime Search and Rescue

on-call, all volunteers

Sumner Lifeboat crew are all volunteers, on-call to attend incidents on the coast or out at sea, in the daytime or at night.

Crew on lifeboat

A callout could be anything from assisting a sinking yacht, to searching for a missing surfer, to evacuating a sick person by sea from a remote coastal location.

Our fleet of vessels is equipped to handle rescues close to shore in big surf through to night-time missions going miles offshore.