New Wa­ter Po­lice boat

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - 2016 YOUR GUIDE TO CHRISTMAS -

WA­TER Po­lice have un­veiled a new pa­trol boat equipped with mod­ern equip­ment to help keep the com­mu­nity safe.

Po­lice Min­is­ter Liza Har­vey said the $480,000, 10.5m boat would pa­trol the rivers and ocean over sum­mer as part of Wa­ter Po­lice op­er­a­tions.

“West Aus­tralians have a love af­fair with the wa­ter and to im­prove safety on our rivers and oceans, the State Gov­ern­ment has equipped Wa­ter Po­lice with three new boats worth nearly $4 mil­lion since 2013,” she said.

She said it was a timely re­minder for peo­ple plan­ning to take to the wa­ter this sum­mer to check all their safety equip­ment, mak­ing sure it was in good work­ing or­der, and ad­e­quately plan their boat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Wa­ter Po­lice are well equipped should an emer­gency oc­cur on wa­ter­ways, how­ever with suitable plan­ning and the right safety equip­ment on board, a lot of time, money and worry can be avoided,” she said.

From Jan­uary un­til Oc­to­ber this year, WA Wa­ter Po­lice have re­sponded to 243 adrift ves­sels, 24 may­days, 87 EPIRB alarms and 1118 ves­sel as­sists.

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