Open day showcases coastguard lifestyle

VICKI WATERHOUSE
Last updated 12:00 10/05/2012

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A jetski, a Coastguard boat, jump starters, ropes and uniforms – all will be on display for the perusal of the public on Saturday for this year's Manawatu Coastguard open day.

The open day is on at the Coastguard shed at the boat ramp at Foxton Beach to rally support for the voluntary organisation.

The day coincides with the national May Day fundraiser for Coastguard which started on May 1 and runs until Sunday.

Coastguard president Eddie Bambery said many people would be interested to see what the organisation did.

"People ask about our boat, how we train."

He said that whenever Coastguard was called out, volunteers always returned to find a gathering of people eager to find out what had happened.

He expected people of all ages would turn up to the open day, including families.

Some crew members would be coming along for a working bee, so the public could see what went into maintaining Coastguard.

Mr Bambery said it was not a recruiting exercise as Manawatu Coastguard was "full up" with volunteers.

He hoped to see people come down who had been helped out by Coastguard in the past.

"Most of them are pretty grateful," he said.

Crew would be on hand to discuss crossing the Foxton Bar and answer any other questions boaties had.

The Coastguard open day will be on at the Foxton Boat Club on Saturday from 9.30am until 4pm.

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