Water rescues up nearly 50 per cent as West Australians travel intrastate
A surge in boaties needing
assistance from Marine Rescue volunteers has prompted a reminder about the
importance of vessel maintenance before heading out onto the water this holiday
Over the past six months as
Western Australians flocked to the State’s north, local Marine Rescue
volunteers have experienced a 45 per cent jump in requests for help from those
trying to enjoy the coastline.
Since WA’s intrastate borders
reopened in June, Marine Rescue volunteers in the Kimberley, Pilbara and
Midwest Gascoyne have responded to 174 call-outs, compared to 120 for the same
time-period in 2019.
Fire and Emergency Services
Commissioner Darren Klemm AFSM said running out of fuel, mechanical and battery
failures and a general lack of maintenance were the main reasons volunteers
were being called out to assist.
“We know that more people are
out on the water this year and we have seen an increase in requests for help
for simple but preventable issues with their vessels,” Commissioner Klemm said.
“If you’re planning to enjoy
WA’s coastline this holiday period, it’s imperative that you undertake the proper
checks on your vessel and have the right equipment on board before making the
trip to the boat ramp.
“Boaters should also make sure
they’re carrying enough fuel, and that they log on and off with the local
Marine Rescue group or let someone know where they’re going and when they’ll be
“All Marine Rescue personnel
are volunteers and sacrifice their own time to respond to calls for help, so by
taking the time to properly maintain your vessel you’re giving those personnel
the best chance to enjoy the summer too.”
Western Australia has 37 Marine
Rescue groups with more than 1,700 volunteers.
For more information on boating
safety visit www.transport.wa.gov.au/imarine/boating-safety.asp
and download the Department of Transport’s Deckee app for official safety
alerts and boating information.
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