New Water Police boat
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.