VMR shares safety checklist for all boaties
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.
NEW RECRUIT: Rob Adams is the newest operator at Marine Rescue Bundaberg’s Burnett Heads base.