Skip­pers told to check gear

Pilbara News - - News -

Skip­pers in the Pil­bara are be­ing told to check their ves­sel be­fore each trip and en­sure their safety gear is in good work­ing or­der.

The De­part­ment of Trans­port’s Marine Safety Ed­u­ca­tion trailer will be at FeNaClNG on Au­gust 5, so lo­cal skip­pers can take part in the Old4New life­jacket upgrade.

DoT safety and ed­u­ca­tion man­ager Lau­rie Adams said the Old4New pro­gram was op­por­tu­nity for old, dam­aged, ob­so­lete or foam-filled life jack­ets to be ex­changed for a voucher for use at a lo­cal retail out­let when buy­ing a new life jacket.

“It is a hugely suc­cess­ful pro­gram and this year has seen more than 800 un­safe life­jack­ets taken off boats in WA,” he said.

Mr Adams said skip­pers could also get up­dates and tips on safe boat­ing and ac­cess the lat­est DoT boat­ing guides and other free pub­li­ca­tions from the Marine Safety Ed­u­ca­tion Trailer as it tours the North West.

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