Kids’ safety top of check list for boaties
SKIPPERS are being urged to take extra care with children on board as they head out on to the water during the Easter school holidays.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said children were more adventurous and less aware of risks than adults.
“This adds to boaties’ responsibilities who must ensure the safety of their passengers and others on the water,” Mr Bailey said.
“Ensuring there’s a life jacket on board for everyone, and they all know where they are and how to use them, should be foremost in the minds of all skippers.”
Mr Bailey said skippers of open boats less than 4.8 metres long were required by law to make sure all passengers younger than 12 years were wearing life jackets whenever the vessel was under way.
He said boats towing water skiers had to make sure the skier was wearing the right life jacket and someone older than 12 was watching at all times.
Maritime Safety Queensland marine inspectors, Queensland Boating and Fisheries staff and Water Police will be on patrol.
“They’ll be looking out for boaties and jet ski riders who exceed the .05 alcohol limit, speed in six-knot zones or fail to keep their distance from swimmers and paddlers,” Mr Bailey said.
“Checks will also be made to ensure boaties are carrying required safety equipment and that it’s up to date and properly serviced.
“If you are going any distance off shore, check if you are required to carry an EPIRB.”