Boaters need to brush up on safety

RESULTS from the statewide Easter Boating Campaign ‘Operation Safe Speed’ found boaters on the North Coast waterways were mostly abiding by speed restrictions, however more needed to comply with safety equipment rules.

Minister for Ports and Waterways, Paul McLeay said NSW Maritime checked 357 vessels on waterways from Foster to Tweed Heads during the campaign.

Mr McLeay said on-the-spot fines and formal warnings were issued to 57 skippers on the North Coast, most for missing safety equipment.

Information on boating safety requirements is available in the Boating Handbook available from NSW Maritime service centres, call the Info Line on 131 256 or visit the web site www.maritime.nsw.gov.au



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