In 2001 a benefactor in Auckland donated a 12.5 metre Rayglass protector vessel which was renamed NZAS Rescue in acknowledgement of the generous sponsorship of NZ Aluminium Smelters based at Tiwai Point.
In November 2009 this was then replaced with a 8.5 metre Naiad with assistance from Coastguard New Zealand. A temporary measure while we secured funds for a new ‘fit for purpose’ rescue vessel to suit the conditions in Foveaux Strait.
Thanks to the generosity of the Southland community we are currently building a new custom designed 13m rescue vessel. This vessel, designed by naval architect Tim Barnett, is expected to be in service by mid-2015.
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