More marine res­cues than Mackay and Cairns

Too many boat dra­mas

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - SA­MAN­THA HEALY sa­man­tha. healy@ news. com. au

THE North recorded 91 marine res­cue in­ci­dents last year, with the Townsville re­gion ac­count­ing for more boating dra­mas than Mackay and Cairns.

A to­tal of 332 marine in­ci­dents were recorded across the state in 2014, with the Townsville mar­itime re­gion, an area stretch­ing from Bowen to Card­well, record­ing 33. Mackay recorded 28 in­ci­dents and 30 were re­ported in Cairns.

The Marine In­ci­dents in Queens­land 2014 re­port, tabled in State Par­lia­ment this week, showed a higher rate of marine in­ci­dents in Townsville, Mackay and Cairns com­pared to the state av­er­age of 13 per 10,000 reg­is­tered ves­sels.

There were 33 marine in­ci­dents in­volv­ing 44 ves­sels last year – 39 recre­ational and five com­mer­cial ves­sels – with the most com­mon in­ci­dents in­volv­ing col­li­sions be­tween ships ( 7), col­li­sions with ob­jects ( 4), and ground­ings ( 6).

Two boats cap­sized and four were swamped by waves.

Of the 44 ves­sels, five were lost to the sea and seven suf- fered mod­er­ate dam­age. In to­tal, five peo­ple were in­jured in­clud­ing one who was taken to hos­pi­tal in Jan­uary last year af­ter his dinghy crashed into an an­chored boat near Ayr.

The Townsville re­gion recorded 22 more marine in­ci­dents in 2014 com­pared to 2013 and 10 more than 2012, but well be­low the 126 in 2011.

The re­port also showed that boat own­er­ship con­tin­ued to in­crease, with one recre­ational ves­sel reg­is­tered per 11 peo­ple in Townsville in 2014.

Townsville Coast­guard spokesman Ted Win­ter­bot­tom said un­favourable weather con­di­tions had re­sulted in a lower rate of marine in­ci­dents so far this year.

“The weather has not been kind to boat­ies so the ac­tiv­ity on the wa­ter is down,’’ he said.

“Our res­cues are down about 20 per cent ( on last year) at the mo­ment, but that could change in an in­stant.’’

Mr Win­ter­bot­tom said the vast ma­jor­ity of res­cues were due to a lack of fuel, elec­tri­cal faults or lack of prepa­ra­tion.

“These are things that are gen­er­ally pre­ventable,” he said.

Mr Win­ter­bot­tom urged boat­ies to take care on the wa­ter, es­pe­cially dur­ing the cur­rent whale mi­gra­tion.

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