9 January 2013
More than one third of boats checked were found to be not safe in a four-day operation by Marine Safety Compliance Officers on the Yorke Peninsula.
Of the 328 vessels checked, 108 were non-compliant with safety regulations. The biggest issues were missing safety equipment, operating unregistered vessels and exceeding speed limits around jetties and wharves.
DPTI Manager, Marine Operations and Response, Stephen Smith, said the results indicated that while the majority of people do the right thing, not enough emphasis is placed on personal safety.
“Obviously over this holiday period and in the warmer months, the numbers of people using recreational vessels increases significantly,” he said.
“The sorts of issues making these vessels non-compliant aren’t small – they can be the difference between getting home safely and tragedy.
“The safety items we found missing or expired, such as flares, really are lifesavers – there’s a reason they’re mandatory.
“Unregistered watercraft and vessels speeding near jetties and wharves, where people tend to congregate, is an accident waiting to happen,” he said.
Of the 328 vessels checked during Operation Yorkes 6:
• Non Compliant Vessels - 108
• 13 expiations were issued
• 15 written cautions and 31 verbal cautions were issued
• 47 vessels were sent ashore, 6 were sent inshore
• 13 vessels were advised to stop their launch
“We want people to have fun, but they need to stay safe, the last thing anyone wants is for a preventable tragedy to occur,” Mr Smith said.
The safety operation was carried out from Friday 4 January, through to Monday 7 January. Locations included Port Pirie, Whyalla, Port Bonython, Point Lowly, Port Broughton, Fishermans Bay, Wallaroo, Port Victoria, Point Turton, Lower Yorke Peninsula, Ardrossan, Edithburgh, Black Point, Port Hughes, Moonta Bay.
Operation Yorkes 6 will continue with further safety operations later this months.
For detailed information on safety equipment check the Marine safety equipment page on sa.gov.au
Or watch a video on checking, storing and operating flares.