About us

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Raglan Volunteer Coastguard delivers Search and Rescue and breakdown assistance to recreational and commercial mariners on the west coast of the North Island. Our area stretches from Crayfish Point (north) to Tirua Point (south).

The unit functions thanks to a steadfast dedication and commitment from local volunteers. Our volunteers come from diverse backgrounds and offer wide-ranging skills in seamanship, operations, communications, and administration and governance.

We operate three rescue vessels out of Raglan:

Gallagher Rescue ZMQ9006
Generously supported by Gallagher

  • 11 metre Scott Robson designed aluminium catamaran
  • Twin 350hp Yanmar diesel engines, with twin Hamilton jet unit
  • Range 200NM
  • Provides stability during patient transfer and transit
  • Suitable for large tows
  • Observers platform during search task
  • Capable of providing on-scene coordination

Ecolab Rescue 1 ZMQ9002 and Ecolab Rescue 2 ZMW5081
Generously supported by Ecolab.

  • Yamaha VXS Cruiser
  • 1812cc, four cylinder, four-stroke Yamaha marine engine
  • Range up to 2NM from shore
  • First response vessel used for scene assessment and primary treatment
  • Ideal manoeuvrability and quick response in breaker zone, and during patient transfers
  • Provides on-the-water search capability close in-shore

Raglan Volunteer Coastguard works in varying sea conditions – sometimes extreme – and cater to a mixed client base including fishers, surfers, kitesurfers, and paddlers. Our demanding area of operations mean that we demand high standards from our crews, vessels and equipment.

Crew roles include communications, vessel (wet) operations, shore-based, medical, and rescue swimmers and observers for air assets. Trainings take place each Wednesday throughout the year, commencing 1730hrs at base. An annual SAREX challenging local assets and capability takes place each December.

We maintain close links and a good working relationship with local police, surf lifesaving, ambulance and fire service, allowing for an integrated response to maritime incidents. We are proud of our roles as one of Raglan’s essential emergency services, keeping locals and visitors safe on the water.