You can help save lives on the water Coastguard Queenstown is run entirely by volunteers. Every hour of the day, every day of the year, they are ready to respond to a call for help. Queenstown is an active and vibrant community of around 18,000 residents, who welcome more than 100 times the resident population in visitors every year. Our community is geographically surrounded by dramatic mountains, rivers and Lake Wakatipu. The Lake is long, deep and cold. When a storm brews, it is a very dangerous place to be. More and more people are using the lake. They boat, sail, windsurf, kite surf, fish, kayak, paddle boat, swim, dive and snorkel in and on it. Over the years locals and visitors alike have come to grief on the lake. Local families and those in far off countries have had to deal with the grief of losing a loved one. In 2007 Queenstown local man Jay Berriman recognised the need for a volunteer on water search and rescue service and decided to do something about it. Jay had grown up admiring the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) in the UK. He knew the difference a group of dedicated and trained volunteers could make. Jay brought together a group of like-minded boating people together and Coastguard Queenstown was born. Since those early days Coastguard Queenstown volunteers have worked hard to raise funds needed for equipment and to train. It is now a highly skilled and well equipped group who are ready to respond to emergencies on the water. They just need a base for search and rescue operations, a place to store and dry wet weather gear, and a place to train and educate the boating public.
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