Packhorse wrote:So you were the guys getting towed in by Howick! I hope you were members and if you were not are now. Its cheap insurance at $89 per year.
We had a busy morning with Maraetai Coast Guard yesterday.
There was a steel lauch that hit a rock on Waiheke that 3 CG boats attended to and after escorting it back to half moon bay we had to rescue a 14ft ply boat that had sprung a leak and sunk (2 or 3 times). We had to tow it back to the ramp while pumping it out.
It may have ruined your diving day but just be thankfull everyone and the boat is still OK and should be ready to go out again real soon.
And dont forget that the Coast Guard is always looking for new volunteers. Its a real cool job, you get to meet some great guys and gals, you get to help out your fellow boatie and most of all you get to have fun on the water with out having to pay for fuel.
What are you waiting for? Join up today!!
They were great guys, and we were very thankful for the tow. Very unfortunate circumstances that hit us, literally no warning and nothing that we could really do. The good thing for us is that we were all ok, and never really in danger as we were anchored and not taking on water or anything. Just a bummer that we missed a days diving but you can't predict or dwell on stuff like that.
luckily the guys who own the boat had a syndicate membership to the coastguard so they certainly got their money's worth on Sunday - as Jack on the rocks said, it would have cost them about $1000 for that two otherwise.
Not sure I have the skills or time to join the coastguard at the moment, but will definitley be making a donation to them! If you are a volunteer Packhorse then good on you, keep up the good work, we were pretty surprised to find that all of the crew were volunteers, only the radio guy got paid - but only Monday to Friday, he still volunteered on weekends, great guys.
I'm still trying to work out how someone managed to flip a trimaran on Sunday, if you can throw some light on that one I'm all ears!
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