Boat safety review timely: Rescue group
A REVIEW of safety equipment required on recreational vessels has been welcomed by the Cockburn Volunteer Sea Search and Rescue group, with commander Brad Nicholas saying it is a timely discussion to have.
The recently-launched review of recreational boat safety equipment requirements is the first of its kind in 25 years.
Commander Nicholas’ team attends 200 incidents each year, returning more than 600 people safely to land.
He said it was a good discussion to have, with technology having evolved significantly since the last review.
The number of recreational vessels had also boomed, together with the distances they were being taken offshore.
“Our group has been involved in recent incidents that have resulted in three fatalities,” he said.
“Any open discussion that might improve safety of life at sea is a good discussion to have.”
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said safety regulations needed to be brought into the 21st century.
“In an emergency, safety equipment can save a life so we must ensure the requirements meet the needs of the growing number of vessel types and also reflect the significant improvements in technology since the last review in 1992,” she said.
“The aim of the review is to enhance the safety of people on the water without reducing the participation rate or imposing unreasonable costs on those who enjoy boating.”
To view the discussion paper, visit www.transport.wa.gov.au/safetyequipmentreview.
Compliance and investigations manager Peter Beattie and marine officer Paul Dutton.