9 April 2013
Safety officers were out in force over Easter long weekend checking vessels during one of the year’s busiest recreational boating periods.
In total 458 vessels were checked to ensure they met safety requirements - 101 vessels were found not complying.
Boats were checked in the Upper and Lower Murray, Henley Beach, Farm Beach, Coffin Bay and at the annual Easter snapper competition at Whyalla.
The Whyalla, Farm Beach and Coffin Bay operations were conducted with South Australia Police and the Department of Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA).
In total, 69 vessel operators were cautioned and 32 fines were issued.
Offences included operating an unregistered vessel, missing safety gear such as a fire extinguisher, not wearing Personal Floating Devices when skiing or canoeing and entering restricted zones around Port Bonython.
Drug and alcohol testing was also conducted over the Easter weekend blitz. From 62 alcohol tests no positive results were returned. One boater tested positive for illegal drugs.
To find out more about recreational boating and safety as well as making sure you comply with regulations visit sa.gov.au/boatingmarine.