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Survivors, rescuers, kiwi ingenuity - these are our stories...

   No way out... so this is how it ends...

Clinging to their upturned boat, injured and being smashed by violent 6m waves, three Auckland boaties thought their time was up. The experienced boaties had planned their day around weather forecasts, which predicted wind and swells in the afternoon, and radioed the Coastguard to let them know they were about to cross the Manukau Bar when things started to go wrong...

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Together we're making a difference

We’re delighted to have the team at the Giltrap Group backing us all the way, having just increased their support as our Community Partner through until 2018. At the heart of the partnership between the Giltrap Group and CNR is a shared ambition to make a difference in our communities. Over three years the Giltrap Group and Coastguard have worked together to make a difference from Raglan to Cape Reinga to Thames and at all points in between...

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Firth of Thames Survivor Story

The seventh of January 2015 turned out to be a day that would change the lives of three fishermen forever. It was a calm summer afternoon when Steve, Terry and Colin set out for a day’s fishing. They were experienced fishermen, they all had life jackets and mobile phones and had checked the marine forecast. But despite their precautions, it turned out to be a day that would change the lives of these three men forever...

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Missing Kayaker: They Saved My Life

Mark works as a fitter at the New Zealand Refinery at Marsden Point and often paddles to work from his home near Reotahi when conditions allow. It was the end of the day on 9 June when he headed down to his kayak to begin the journey home. Conditions were picking up as per the forecast but still seemed manageable. Mark donned his gear including a lifejacket and began his journey across the harbour. Mark recalls his ordeal...

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Lion Transfer of Family

Coastguard is an organisation of volunteers who make a conscious choice to help others. This was never more clearly demonstrated than last Easter when Coastguard Radio Operator Johnny Clough received a desperate radio call from a son frantic to see his mother for the very last moments of her life. The Unsworth family had headed off to Rangitoto to celebrate the Easter break and enjoy spending some quality time together...

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Above and Beyond Behind The Scenes

North Shore Rescue launched early in the morning on Wednesday 14th January to assist a vessel in difficulty off Devonport. We returned to Browns Bay briefly before the next call came in, this time to assist a vessel few miles off the North Shore towards Tiri Tiri Matangi.While we were afloat, our tractor driver Charlie ran into difficulty.  He couldn’t move it to park it, and it was highly likely the rescue vessel would not be able to return...

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