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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

South Coast boaters urged to stay safe on the water on Australia Day


Marine Rescue NSW is urging South Coast boaters to take it easy on the water this Australia Day after recent checks by NSW Maritime found one in ten boaters were taking risks by not carrying or using safety equipment such as lifejackets, or speeding on the water.


Marine Rescue NSW Commissioner Stacey Tannos said that with forecast good weather and sea conditions, Marine Rescue volunteers are expecting a busy Australia Day, and it was vital that boaters are well prepared before they head out on the water.


“It’s particularly concerning that significant numbers of boaters are placing themselves and their passengers at risk by not carrying or wearing lifejackets,” Commissioner Tannos said.


“While Australia Day is all about enjoying our beautiful country and spending time with friends and family, a great day out can quickly turn to tragedy in an emergency, especially if boaters are not heeding advice around safety equipment.”


“A few simple actions by boaters before heading out may make the difference between a great Australia Day on the water or a potentially life-threatening emergency.”


Simple actions boaters, paddlers and Jet Ski riders can do include:


Checking the weather and sea conditions before heading out and regularly throughout the day


Carrying the required safety equipment, knowing how to use it, and ensuring it is serviced and in date

Always wearing a lifejacket and checking all passengers are also wearing one

Logging On with your local Marine Rescue unit via the Marine Rescue app or VHF Channel 16 on your marine radio


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