Anchoring safety for boaties
COAST Guard Caloundra has issued a safety alert to skippers to have appropriate anchors onboard and be ready to correctly deploy them in an emergency.
Commander Joe Allen said if your vessel becomes disabled, anchoring correctly will keep it safely aligned with the bow head on to the prevailing wind and waves. It will also allow you to maintain your position and prevent your vessel being blown away while you await assistance.
“The anchor, chain and line must be of sufficient strength and durability to secure the vessel and must be appropriate for that purpose in the area of operation of the vessel,” he said.
Boaties are reminded that it is illegal and dangerous to anchor in shipping channels, and to tie up vessels to navigational aids. When anchoring at night or in time of reduced visibility correct anchor lights must be switched on.