No­body faster than dis­as­ter

Kapiti Observer - - OUT & ABOUT -

Mar­itime NZ is urg­ing boat­ies to take care on the wa­ter dur­ing the hol­i­days be­cause ‘‘no­body’s faster than dis­as­ter’’.

‘‘While re­cre­ational boat­ing fa­tal­i­ties have de­clined over the last few years, com­pla­cency or sim­ple lack of care can trag­i­cally turn that around,’’ Mar­itime NZ di­rec­tor Keith Manch said.

‘‘That is why the theme for Mar­itime NZ’s sum­mer boat­ing cam­paign is ‘no­body’s faster than dis­as­ter’.’’

The cam­paign pro­motes the safer boat­ing code that has been de­vel­oped by the 23 boat­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions, busi­nesses, and gov­ern­ment agen­cies that make up the Safer Boat­ing Fo­rum:

– this is the sin­gle most im­por­tant thing to do to help keep your­self safer on the wa­ter

Wear your life­jacket Take two wa­ter­proof ways to call for help

– if you can’t tell some­one you are in trou­ble, then no one can res­cue you

Check the marine weather fore­cast

– it is not the same as land and gen­eral fore­casts, the weather will be dif­fer­ent on the wa­ter

– you know not to drink and drive, it’s the same on a boat

Avoid al­co­hol Be a re­spon­si­ble skip­per

– the skip­per is legally re­spon­si­ble for the safety of the boat and ev­ery­one on board ‘‘The cam­paign uses ed­u­ca­tion, ad­ver­tis­ing and reg­u­la­tion to get its mes­sage to boat­ies,’’ Manch said.

‘‘There are dis­counts on the prices of life­jack­ets, and we are

‘‘Between a third and half of New Zealan­ders get out onto the wa­ter each year ’’

also fund­ing nine re­gional coun­cils to run a trial ‘no ex­cuses’ pol­icy, with coun­cils fin­ing boat­ies for not com­ply­ing with life­jacket rules and un­safe speed.

‘‘The award-win­ning ‘Vir­tual Coast­watch’ dig­i­tal ad­ver­tis­ing will be back. It recog­nises when boat­ies’ take to the wa­ter and sends mes­sages to their smart­phones re­mind­ing them to put on their life­jack­ets.

‘‘Last sum­mer Vir­tual Coast­watch sent 3 mil­lion mes­sages. That sounds a sur­pris­ingly large amount but we know between a third and half of New Zealan­ders get out onto the wa­ter each year in about 1 mil­lion re­cre­ational boats and pad­dle craft.

‘‘There are also events around the coun­try, and use­ful videos for boat­ies, fea­tur­ing the hosts from TV3’s pop­u­lar fish­ing show, Big An­gry Fish.’’

More in­for­ma­tion at mar­iti­menz.govt.nz, click ‘‘re­cre­ational’’, and the Safer Boat­ing NZ Face­book page.

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