In a boating emergency

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Channel 16 on VHF 
(distress and calling channel)

Channel 88 (27.880 MHz) 
on a 27 MHz radio

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9450 2468

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News & Media

  • September 06, 2013

With the weather warming up, General Manager of the Office of Boating Safety and Maritime Affairs Howard Glenn urged all boaters to take extra care and attention to safety when they get out on the water this spring.

According to Transport for NSW statistics there is a long-term upward trend in serious and fatal boating incidents through the spring months starting in September.

Nine people lost their lives in boating incidents last September and October, compared with none in July and August in the same year.

Mr Glenn said boating activity traditionally drops off through the winter months because the waterways are less inviting, but that means boats are left idle.

“With people returning to the water in all kinds of boats this time of year, it’s vital they check all the necessary safety gear is still on board, and that the boat and its equipment are in good working order,” Mr Glenn said.

“It is also a time to be extra vigilant checking the weather and making sure your boat is suitable for the conditions. It could look like a great day but if something goes wrong and people end up in the water, the water temperatures are still quite low which reduces how long you can survive in the water for.

“People in small craft need to take the greatest care because canoes, kayaks and small runabouts are less stable and more susceptible to capsize and swamping compared to larger vessels,” Mr Glenn said.

“That’s why the law says people in craft less than 4.8 metres long must wear lifejackets when boating alone, at night or when offshore.

“Over the past decade, nine out of every 10 people who drown when boating in NSW, were not wearing a lifejacket and typically set out in a small vessel,” Mr Glenn said.

“Accidents happen, often without warning, and the best protection is an appropriate lifejacket and ideally one of the new-generation styles that can be worn in comfort for the duration of a typical day out in a small craft.

“So be safe out on the water this summer and wear a lifejacket,” Mr Glenn said.


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