Murrumba MP Chris Whiting as concerns floated over boaties safety

Chris Whiting MP, Member for Murrumba has today urged local boaties to ensure that they are carrying the required safety equipment.

“There has been several serious boating incidents recently and boaties have a responsibility to ensure that they meet safety equipment requirements before heading out onto the water,” Mr Whiting said.

“It is essential to have the right safety gear on your boat and know how to use it in an emergency,

“Recreational boating should be a fun outing for the whole family but the skipper is always responsible for safety and should ensure everyone on board is fully prepared for any emergency.” Mr Whiting said.

Mr Whiting said that there are clear rules about the safety equipment boaties are required to carry depending on the type of vessel and where they operate.

“There are some items that you should always carry, including life jackets that meet Australian Standards,

“Recreational boating should be a fun outing for the whole family but the skipper is always responsible for safety and should ensure everyone on board is fully prepared for any emergency.”    

Main Roads Road Safety and Ports Minister, Mark Bailey said the law requires boat owners or skippers to carry lifejackets for everyone on board and to give each person on board information about where safety equipment is kept and clearly sign where lifejackets are stowed.

“It is compulsory for anyone under 12 years to wear a lifejacket when underway in an open boat under 4.8 metres and for everyone on board when crossing a designated coastal bar,” Mr Bailey said.

“Maritime Safety Queensland encourages boaties to wear lifejackets whenever they see a heightened risk such as bad weather, poor visibility or in busy boating lanes.

“We also require all boats and PWCs operating beyond smooth and partially smooth waters to carry an EPIRB when more than two nautical miles from land.

“Remember responsible skippers keep flares and EPIRBs in good condition, accessible at all times with clear signs where safety equipment is kept.

"Make sure you know how to use flares and EPIRBs before you go out on your boat so you’re ready in an emergency and check expiry dates on safety equipment regularly.”

Mr Bailey said boaties should check with their local Maritime Safety Queensland office, Queensland Water Police or local marine rescue organisations to ensure they were meeting safety requirements or visit www.msq.qld.gov.au

“I encourage any boaties visiting the 2016 Annual Brisbane Boat Show this weekend to stop by at the Maritime Safety Queensland stand for advice about life jackets, flares, EPIRBS and other safety requirements,” he said.

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