30 November 2010
With another summer looming, boat owners and operators are advised to prepare their craft for a safe and enjoyable time on the water.
Director of Transport Safety Regulation, Brian Hemming said the start of the boating season is time to think about marine safety.
“Everyone is looking forward to getting out on the water after a long winter, but I would urge caution and preparation before embarking,” he said.
“Whether you operate a commercial vessel, a motorised recreational vessel or an unpowered vessel, please operate it with caution and get it, and trailers, checked and serviced.
“Last financial year 60 percent of all vessels requiring on water assistance from volunteer marine rescue groups were as a result of engine breakdown, with most of the incidents occurring in metropolitan waters and Spencer Gulf.
“Many of these incidents, caused by electrical faults, flat batteries and empty fuel tanks, could have been easily avoided with correct maintenance and preparation.
“Also ensure your boat has the safety equipment required and that it is in good working condition, including fire extinguishers, personal flotation devices, torches, and anchors.
“And I remind all boat operators that Transport Safety Compliance Officers will again be actively patrolling the State’s coastal and inland waterways this season to make sure everyone is doing safe, compliant boating.”