Safety chal­lenge

Pinjarra Murray Times - - LET’S EAT -

BOAT­IES are be­ing urged to take a 30-sec­ond chal­lenge to en­sure safety on the wa­ter this sum­mer.

Ac­cord­ing to the Depart­ment of Trans­port, 30 sec­onds could be the time skip­pers and pas­sen­gers have to grab life­sav­ing safety equip­ment dur­ing an emer­gency.

It wants peo­ple to take the chal­lenge and get safety ad­vice dur­ing free ses­sions this month.

Depart­ment safety ed­u­ca­tion man­ager Lau­rie Adams said safety gear needed to be well main­tained and eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble.

“There were 13 recre­ational boating fa­tal­i­ties recorded in WA in the 2016-2017 fi­nan­cial year, a record high and triple the re­cent an­nual av­er­age of four deaths,” he said.

“This ini­tia­tive, which tests if peo­ple can gather flares, EPIRB, make a ra­dio call and don a life­jacket in 30 sec­onds, re­sponds to the de­tailed anal­y­sis of in­ci­dent data, which showed that bet­ter main­te­nance of safety gear and im­proved ac­ces­si­bil­ity could have lim­ited the num­ber of tragedies last year.

“The im­por­tance of safety gear can never be over­stated; eight of the 13 deaths (62 per cent) on WA waters last year may have been pre­vented if the per­son had been wear­ing a life­jacket when they en­tered the wa­ter.”

Ses­sions run at Ocean Reef ma­rina on Novem­ber 20 from 7.30am to 9.30am, Hil­larys Boat Har­bour on Novem­ber 22 and 24 from 7.30am to 9.30am and Two Rocks Boat Har­bour on Novem­ber 23 from 8am to 10am. Peo­ple can also take the chal­lenge at Wood­man Point boat ramp on Novem­ber 21 and 24 from 7.30am to 9.30am, Point Peron boat har­bour on Novem­ber 22 from 8am to 10am and Port Bou­vard in Man­durah on Novem­ber 23 from 8am to 10am.

Pic­ture: Depart­ment of Trans­port

A boat en­ters the wa­ter at Hil­larys boat ramp.

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