Staying safe on the water this summer

Marine and Safety Tasmania (MAST) has launched its 2023-24 Summer Safety Campaign to encourage Tasmanians to be prepared and stay safe on the water.

MAST manager of recreational boating Peter Hopkins said the campaign equipped people with the tools and knowledge to make the right decisions on the water with information applicable to boat owners, kayakers and swimmers.

“We urge people to check the weather constantly before they go out on the water and always let someone know your movements,” he said.

“A focus of the campaign is life jackets. There are roughly 90,000 life jackets in Tasmania and our research has shown that only 3,000 are properly serviced.

“Unfortunately, we are seeing an increase in the number of people over 65 losing their lives in boating accidents and this needs to change.”

Tasmania Police acting inspector for Marine and Rescue Services Justin Lawson said the emergence of summer and events such as the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race increased the number of vessels on Tasmanian waters, including Police marine vehicles.

“Make sure you are prepared before getting on the water – whether you are going on a day fishing trip or venturing further offshore,” he said.

“Campaigns such as this are designed to ensure everyone has a fun summer on the water, returns home safely and is able to protect each other.”

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