Coastguard Lake Taupo buoyed by two award wins

Coastguard Lake Taupo is celebrating following the receipt of two awards at the National Coastguard Awards of Excellence Gala Evening, held in Auckland on Saturday.

Coastguard Lake Taupo volunteer Donald Scott scooped the Coastguard Communications and Incident Management Volunteer of the Year Award. In addition, Coastguard Lake Taupo was awarded Coastguard Unit of the Year at the prestigious ceremony.  

As an active Coastguard volunteer Mr Scott was recognised nationally for his role as the local leader of Lake Taupo’s Incident Management Team, and his work with local Landsar and Police to build a multi-agency Incident Management team. Mr Scott’s Coastguard Lake Taupo unit was also honoured for being well-managed with strengths in planning, strategy, financial management, training, health and safety and well-being.

Coastguard New Zealand CEO, Patrick Holmes, says the annual awards honour the brave individuals and Units who provide a crucial life-saving service to Kiwis using New Zealand waterways, “These awards celebrate excellence in achievement by Coastguard volunteers across the many roles they undertake in serving both their community and the organisation as a whole. In addition the awards allow us to recognize their dedication and provide an opportunity for acknowledgement at a regional and national level as well as amongst their peers.

Gary West, President of Coastguard Lake Taupo commented, “Don demonstrated leadership and unwavering commitment rescuing two young men when their dinghy capsized in rough open water conditions on Lake Taupo in January. He is an active member of the Eastern Region Search and Rescue focus group, has written radio procedures, is the duty officer for callouts for the Lakes District and assisted in the writing of the Incident Management manual for Coastguard New Zealand.

“Coastguard Lake Taupo deservingly won the Coastguard Unit of the Year Award with judges commenting the unit is very definitely ‘punching above their weight’ and engaging with the local community, including with iwi and a range of community groups, which cemented its win.”

Coastguard keeps people safe on the sea, coastal waters and lakes of New Zealand. It is made up of over 2,300 highly-trained volunteers who put themselves in harm’s way on a regular basis to ensure the safety of New Zealanders nationwide. This year Coastguard’s courageous volunteers brought over 7,300 people safely back home and devoted over 315,000 hours to saving New Zealanders lives on the water.

About Coastguard New Zealand:
Coastguard is the charity that provides New Zealand’s primary maritime search and rescue service. The organisation operates from a network of four regions and 70 affiliated units, located around the coastline and
major lakes of New Zealand. Coastguard New Zealand is a volunteer organisation with a charitable status. It has more than 2,300 active search and rescue Volunteers who provide over 315,000 hours of their time each year to educate, protect and help save lives at sea. Coastguard performs over 2,800 rescues each year assisting more than 7,000 New Zealanders. There are currently 78 dedicated rescue vessels in Coastguard’s fleet, 9 air patrol units and one dedicated communications unit. All crew members on board Coastguard vessels and air patrol craft are trained search and rescue personnel working to enhance the safety of all New Zealanders when they participate in boating and water activities.

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