Water safety

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE -

Each year in New Zealand lives are lost, peo­ple are in­jured and thou­sands of dol­lars worth of prop­erty is dam­aged be­cause of pre­ventable recre­ational boat­ing ac­ci­dents. Far too of­ten plea­sure out­ings turn tragic. It’s very easy to own a boat in New Zealand but with own­er­ship comes the Skip­per’s re­spon­si­bil­ity for the safety of all pas­sen­gers and equip­ment. The Skip­per aboard any boat is in charge and should al­ways en­sure all nec­es­sary equip­ment for the trip is on board. Life jack­ets should be worn when cross­ing river bars, dur­ing emer­gen­cies, in rough water or at times of height­ened risk. Chil­dren and all non-swim­mers should al­ways wear their life jacket. Boats should be care­fully main­tained with reg­u­lar ser­vice checks to the mo­tor, electrics and other equip­ment. Be­fore head­ing out ob­tain an up­dated marine weather fore­cast, lis­ten­ing for up­dates through­out the day. Leave a note with some­one, de­tail­ing where you are go­ing, how many peo­ple you have on board and when you ex­pect to re­turn. If you fol­low the rules, are re­spon­si­ble and have an emer­gency plan in place, you are sure to have a safe and en­joy­able boat­ing sum­mer.

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