BOATERS heading onto the water without a lifejacket are risking their safety this festive season, according to Marine Rescue NSW Commissioner Stacey Tannos.
Commissioner Tannos urged all boaters to always ensure everyone on board was wearing a lifejacket.
“Please don’t gamble with your safety when you’re out on your boat. Wearing a lifejacket is the simplest thing you can do to help save your life in an emergency,” he said.
“Thousands of people will be out on the water over summer and it’s horrible to think that some of them might not come home simply because they couldn’t be bothered, were too proud or just didn’t think to put on their lifejacket.
“Our stunning waterways are incredibly popular playgrounds for boaters over December and January. Many of these people will be on holidays, perhaps in a new boat and on unfamiliar waters. This demands extra vigilance from us all,” he said.
Commissioner Tannos also reminded boaters to always log on and off with their nearest Marine Rescue NSW base when taking to the water.
“Whether you’re heading out for a day’s fishing on the river or embarking on a longer journey along the coastline, logging on and off with Marine Rescue NSW means someone responsible knows you’re out there and when you’re due back and can take action to locate you if you’re overdue,” he said.
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