Be sen­si­ble on wa­ter for safe boat­ing

Townsville Bulletin - - Voice Of The North - ROLY DAVIS, Wul­guru

IN re­ply to Dale Parker and his ‘‘ bright idea’’ for boat­ies.

Dale, while I am pleased that you have taken an in­ter­est in boat­ing safety, your idea is not so bright.

There are enough rules/ laws in place al­ready.

The big prob­lem is get­ting peo­ple to use some com­mon­sense as in do not go out in ad­verse weather, use clean fuel, and en­sure you have enough for the trip plus, make sure you have all the safety gear, and on and on etc.

Most of all, make sure you tell some­one where you are go­ing and your ETA back.

In my opin­ion, it should be made com­pul­sory by Marine Safety Qld for ALL boat­ies to file trip sheets, and if they do not, throw the prover­bial book at them.

The lo­cal Coast Guard al­ready has full de­tails of as­so­ciate mem­bers on the com­puter and ac­cepts trip sheets from non-mem­bers but the big­gest prob­lem seems to be that most boat­ies do not lodge trip sheets, and most likely do not tell any­one else where they are go­ing or when they are re­turn­ing.

There are many more fac­tors in­volved that I am not at lib­erty to com­ment on but to all you boat­ies/ fishos out there, for ev­ery­one’s sake, in­clud­ing your fam­ily’s, if you go out in your ves­sel, file a trip sheet ei­ther be­fore you go, or by phone, or ra­dio. Happy boat­ing.

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