Easter weekend marked the official end of the summer boating season with Coastguard volunteers having had one of their busiest summer periods in recent years. Nationwide, 121 people were rescued since October 2017, 30 more than the same time last summer.
From October 2017 to February 2018, Coastguard Wanaka Lakes attended 21 calls for assistance.
This was one more than was recorded for the previous 12 months. Almost half of those callouts were during February.
Coastguard CEO Patrick Holmes said the hot summer resulted in more people being out on the water.
“Thankfully the majority of incidents, especially around the peak Christmas holiday period, were for mechanical issues. Generally, people seemed to be following the boating safety code and making safe decisions out there.”
“Our volunteers are trained to the highest standards and are subsequently ready to leap into action 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
“At the end of the day though, they are volunteers with jobs and families - their huge contribution to ensuring the safety of our boating communities this summer should not go unnoticed.”
Pictured: Local Coastguard volunteers carry out training exercises throughout the year in all kinds of weather. Photo: Nikki Heath / Wanaka Sun
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