Re­minder to stay safe as boat­ies flock to har­bours

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Sum­mer is now in full swing and so too is the boat­ing sea­son.

Hun­dreds of Auck­lan­ders are tak­ing the op­por­tu­nity to get out on the har­bour and with that in mind Auck­land har­bour­mas­ter An­drew Hay­ton is en­cour­ag­ing boat­ies to re­mem­ber the es­sen­tials for a safe day..

‘‘Auck­lan­ders love noth­ing more than a day out on the water. We want to make sure that they stay safe while out and about en­joy­ing our mag­nif­i­cent har­bours.’’

Mr Hay­ton says there are a num­ber of steps boat­ies can take to help en­sure their trip is safe and suc­cess­ful.

Make sure that your ves­sel is ca­pa­ble of com­plet­ing the in­tended trip

En­sure ev­ery­one has a cor­rectly fit­ted life­jacket

Check the marine weather forecast be­fore and dur­ing your trip Don’t over­load your ves­sel Carry at least two means of com­mu­ni­cat­ing dis­tress with you

Don’t ex­ceed 5 knots within 200 me­tres of the shore or within 50 me­tres of an­other ves­sel or per­son in the water

Avoid al­co­hol or limit your in­take – it im­pairs your judge­ment and abil­ity to sur­vive in an emer­gency

Tell a re­spon­si­ble per­son ashore where you are go­ing, how many peo­ple you have on board, your boat de­tails and when you ex­pect to re­turn.

‘‘The har­bours are def­i­nitely a fo­cal point for peo­ple over sum­mer,’’ Mr Hay­ton says.

‘‘From day trips and early morn­ing fish­ing ex­pe­di­tions to overnight breaks away, we want peo­ple to stay safe while en­joy­ing their time on the water.’’

Auck­land’s wa­ter­ways are a fea­ture of the re­gion and this sum­mer play host to a num­ber of events able to be en­joyed ei­ther from on the water or on shore.

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