Boat safety bright idea

Townsville Bulletin - - Voice Of The North -

I READ re­cently where there is a prob­lem with users of the seas ‘‘ not’’ fill­ing out the in­for­ma­tion sheets that tells the Coast­guard, Wa­ter Po­lice and Port Au­thor­ity, where, when and why each boat is be­ing used, along with the es­ti­mated time of re­turn.

There is a very sim­ple so­lu­tion, and that is to have a ‘‘ ded­i­cated text num­ber’’ ac­ti­vated by each boat, telling the authorities the name of the boat and skip­per, the time of de­par­ture, the des­ti­na­tion and the es­ti­mated time of re­turn.

This in­for­ma­tion could be in a sim­ple for­mat that could be dis­played at the Coast­guard on a com­puter screen.

By a sim­ple scroll on the screen the Coast guard would, at all times, know where ev­ery boat in their area was at any given time.

A sys­tem could be used to ‘‘ back up’’ the in­for­ma­tion. DALE PARKER OAM,


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