Boat­ies urged to check

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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.’’

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