DON’T BE A BUNNY ON THE WATER THIS EASTER
Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Roads Maritime and Transport, Kevin Anderson MP, today put out a call to the boating public to take extra care this long weekend.
“NSW has some of the finest waterways in the world for boating and it is estimated that some 2 million people participate in the various forms of boating each year,” Mr Anderson said.
“The combination of favourable boating conditions for much of NSW and a long weekend means we need to focus on safety on our waterways.
“Boating is a way of life for many and it does not matter if you are into paddling, jet skiing or cruising offshore, it is important people plan and prepare for a safe, responsible and enjoyable day out on the water.
“Every year lives are tragically lost in preventable boating incidents in this state, with 170 lives lost and 681 serious injuries on recreational and commercial vessels over the last 10 years in NSW.
“Perhaps the most important piece of safety equipment on any boat is a lifejacket which are no longer as bulky and cumbersome as some people may think.”
Better design and technology has led to a range of lifejacket styles that look good, are easy to wear and don’t get in the way of your favourite activity on the water. In fact, there’s a style of jacket for just about every activity and body shape, including convenient inflatable models.
Not wearing a lifejacket can have serious consequences. Sadly, 8 out of 10 people who drowned in NSW while boating recreationally were not wearing a lifejacket. It is strongly recommended that you always wear one.
Mr Anderson said that with a moderate swell expected to linger in coastal regions over coming days, it was also important for people to take care in areas exposed to waves.
“Make sure you wear a lifejacket when crossing a coastal bar in a boat or if going rock fishing, it could save your life.”
More information on lifejackets and boating is available at maritimemanagement.transport.nsw.gov.au/lifejackets/index.html