Boaties urged to check
Changeable weather forecast for Labour Weekend has prompted Coastguard New Zealand to encourage boaties to check their boats before heading out on our seas, lakes and rivers.
New Zealand’s weather and marine conditions are unpredictable and constantly changing, Coastguard New Zealand chief executive Patrick Holmes says.
Skippers must remain vigilant at all times and take necessary steps to keep their boats seaworthy and protect those on board.
‘‘Things can change very quickly on the water but thorough planning and preparation can make that critical difference between a safe day out and a tragedy,’’ Mr Holmes says.
Last Labour Day weekend the Coastguard helped 98 people across the country.
Problems included running out of fuel, mechanical issues, medical problems, running aground, capsize and more.
‘‘Some of these situations could easily have been averted by preparation.’’