Kids’ safety top of check list for boat­ies

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS -

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.”

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