Coastguard fundraising appeal works

17:00, May 16 2014

It was all hands to the wheel for Coastguard Taranaki fundraisers Colin and Beryl Hunt this month.

The New Plymouth couple along with other Coastguard members worked as supermarket packers at New Plymouth New World's checkouts and are rapt they were able to net $1000 in donations during the May Day month-long appeal.

Their high profile at the checkouts also hauled in a few new members.

Beryl Hunt says she has a new-found admiration for packers after four hours on her feet bagging groceries.

Colin Hunt said he spotted the unique fundraiser when visiting Northern Ireland last year and once home headed in to see supermarket owner Rod Dowman. Because of the success this year, he plans to extend the time spent on the scheme next year.

The Coastguard's most recent job was hauling one of the ITL Solo Yacht Challenge boats off the rocks during a storm before their departure for Mooloolaba in Australia.

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The Coastguard also runs a trip report service where boats heading out for the day can have their departures, whereabouts and return time logged in case of mishaps.

"Seventy per cent will do that but unfortunately only 10 per cent of them are members," Hunt said.

Coastguard Taranaki are enjoying their new Todd Energy Rescue boat now 18 months old.

From June 30 last year the Coastguard Taranaki logged 11,302 radio calls, responded to seven police-initiated search and rescue operations and another 32 from the public.

In total 59 people were rescued, the majority in minor incidents.

Taranaki Daily News