Boat­ies warned to stay within rules

Pilbara News - - News - Tay­lar Amonini

Pil­bara boat own­ers have been of­fi­cially warned: chil­dren must be su­per­vised to skip­per a ves­sel.

Af­ter some se­ri­ous breaches of Recre­ational Skip­per’s Ticket laws, the De­part­ment of Trans­port has re­minded boat own­ers of age re­quire­ments and safety equip­ment needed on­board.

Se­nior re­gional of­fi­cer Lance Whit­ney said the re­minder fol­lowed two re­cent in­ci­dents off Kar­ratha in which up to eight chil­dren un­der 16 were op­er­at­ing ves­sels found to be de­fi­cient in safety gear.

“One of the ves­sels had five peo­ple un­der 16 years on­board and not enough life­jack­ets and no flares, while the other was op­er­at­ing near Reg­nard Island with­out flares and had an out-of-date EPIRB,” he said.

Mr Whit­ney said it was the re­spon­si­bil­ity of all boat own­ers to en­sure their ves­sels were equipped with the ap­pro­pri­ate gear and those op­er­at­ing it were en­dorsed to do so.

Ac­cord­ing to the De­part­ment of Trans­port, chil­dren un­der the age of 10 may not op­er­ate a ves­sel, chil­dren be­tween 10 and 14 may do so un­der the di­rect su­per­vi­sion of an adult with a Recre­ational Skip­per’s Ticket, and chil­dren be­tween the ages of 14 and 16 with an RST may op­er­ate a ves­sel only dur­ing day­light hours and at speeds of un­der eight knots.

For in­for­ma­tion on boat­ing laws visit trans­port.wa.gov.au/ima­rine.

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