Boaties urged to stay safe this holiday season

BOATIES are being reminded to stay safe out on the water in order to avoid a Christmas disaster.

The Volunteer Marine Rescue Hervey Bay have released a raft of tips to ensure their boat is safe.

"Just like a car if you were going on a long journey  you would check a few things before you go," VMR Hervey Bay Vice-Commodore Jill Barclay said.

"Because the boat went well six months ago when you last went out, doesn't mean to say it will this time."

Ms Barclay also reminded boaties to check their safety gear to ensure they had enough lifejackets, to check flares and the EPIRB.

If the boat has not been used for some time, VMR recommends boaties check:

  • The battery is holding charge
  • Any corrosion on connections and fittings
  • Check engines are working properly
  • Replace fuel / fuel mixes if old and it's been sitting for a while
  • Check you have enough fuel for your journey.  Use the rule of thirds.  One third out, one third back and one third in reserve.

VMR will have crews on duty through the holiday period in case of emergency.



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