Campaign pushes for life jacket checks
MORE people will die at sea without an increase in the number of life jackets being serviced, Tasmania’s maritime safety body says.
The warning came as it launched its new summer safety campaign yesterday.
Its last annual report said of an estimated 87,000 jackets only about 2000 were being serviced.
Marine and Safety Tasmania CEO Lia Morris said two recent coroner’s reports demonstrated the need to continue to focus on the importance of safety equipment and life jacket wearing and readiness.
“Tragically, these fatalities highlight the importance of wearing a life jacket, ensuring the inflatable life jacket is serviced and understanding how it works,” Ms Morris said.
She said MAST has data to show that some 94 per cent of Tasmanians wear their life jackets but many are out of service.
This new safety message is their second major boating campaign and again features Nick Duigan and Andrew Hart from TV series Hook, Line and Sinker.
In the new ads, Andrew Hart is shown in the water with a properly inflated life jacket and again with a life jacket that did not work.
“I was only in the water for a few minutes for both shots – my breath was literally taken away both times,” Hart said.
“But at least with the life jacket properly inflated I could stay afloat.”