Safety warning as weekend weather lures boaties

Minister for Main Roads, Fisheries and Marine Infrastructure

The Honourable Craig Wallace


Weekend weather lures boaties

Boaties lured onto the water this weekend by the prospect of an end to a long run of poor boating weather shouldn't lose sight of safety, Marine Infrastructure Minister Craig Wallace said today.

"After a particularly cold and wet Queen's Birthday long weekend, many boaties will be keen to make up for lost leisure time," Mr Wallace said.

"However it is more important to make sure you don't overlook your safety obligations.

"Conditions can change quickly, so make sure you check the weather before you head out. "Make sure you tell the local VMR where you are going, as well as when and where you're due back.

"Ensure that you're carrying all your required safety equipment including EPIRB, lifejackets and flares and it is all up-to-date.

"With many boaties making it a family occasion it's more important than ever for skippers to ensure that everyone has a lifejacket, knows how to use it and can find it in an emergency.

"And remember, that the same under .05 rule for drink driving applies to skippers on the water as it does for drivers on our roads," Mr Wallace said.

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