VMR shares safety check­list for all boat­ies

Isis Town and Country - - News -

VOL­UN­TEER Marine Res­cue crews are urg­ing peo­ple to stay safe while out on the wa­ter.

VMR spokesman Gra­ham Kingston said boat­ing in­ci­dents could of­ten be pre­vented through good prepa­ra­tion.

“Boat­ing is fun when it is safe. A lit­tle plan­ning goes a long way to en­sur­ing the fun,” he said.

“A six-point check­list should cover the ma­jor is­sues.”

Check the boat and all equip­ment be­fore leav­ing home. Bat­ter­ies should be free of cor­ro­sion, have cor­rect fluid lev­els and be fully charged.

Fuel should be fresh with suf­fi­cient on board for the trip. Re­mem­ber the 1/3 rule – 1/3 to get there, 1/3 for com­ing home and 1/3 for the un­ex­pected, as fuel consumption can in­crease in bad weather.

Safety equip­ment should be checked and on board. Flares must be within the ex­piry pe­riod, and an EPIRB is re­quired if op­er­at­ing more than two nau­ti­cal miles off­shore.

Be aware of cur­rent and forecast weather con­di­tions. VMR Bund­aberg broad­casts a three-day forecast at 8.15am and 4.15pm ev­ery day. Up­dates are avail­able by ra­dio or phone.

Pack and use sun­screen and wa­ter.

Log on and off with VMR on VHF 22, 80 or 81 so the rel­e­vant de­tails are on hand in case of an in­ci­dent. This also al­lows early in­ves­ti­ga­tion of an over­due sit­u­a­tion.

Mr Kingston said ra­dio op­er­a­tors would be on duty from 6am–6pm ev­ery day of the hol­i­day sea­son, mon­i­tor­ing VHF 22, 80 and 81 and 16 for emer­gency calls.

Res­cue boat crews will also be on standby.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

NEW RE­CRUIT: Rob Adams is the new­est op­er­a­tor at Marine Res­cue Bund­aberg’s Bur­nett Heads base.

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