Safe Boating this season
Boaters in and around Port Macquarie, Camden Haven and Manning areas are reminded with the official start of the boating season this weekend there are a few things to do to keep safe on the water.
Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said, “It is crucial for people using NSW waterways including rivers, bays and dams to follow lifejacket rules.
“There needs to be a lifejacket on board for each person and these need to be kept where they can be reached quickly in an emergency.
“Children under 12 must wear a lifejacket at most times in a small vessel and personal watercraft users need to wear a lifejacket at all times,” Mrs Williams said.
“You must wear a lifejacket when crossing an ocean bar or at other times of heightened risk - such as when on a small vessel either alone, at night or on open waters.
“Skippers should also remember the blood alcohol limit on the water is the same as on the road. However, on the water, the wind, waves and sun combine to multiply the effects of alcohol. So if you fall in, your chances of drowning increase.
“When going offshore or crossing a coastal bar it is important to remember every boat has its limits,” Mrs Williams.
“Boaters should ensure the boat and equipment is in good working order and tell someone where you’re going and when you’ll return.
“It is also important to remember to leave only water in your wake. When it comes to rubbish or other waste – stow it, don’t throw it.
“Anchor away from seagrass beds and minimise your wash to protect the foreshore and people in small craft. If you’re the skipper – you’re responsible.
“If boaties following the rules, everyone will enjoy the waterways and arrive back to shore safely,” Mrs Williams said.