Comment on rock fishers' lifejacket use
STATE Government has released a discussion paper on the wearing of lifejackets by rock fishers to help the government in considering options to reduce drownings.
"Addressing all the risk factors for drowning is a key aspect of water safety in NSW," Minister for Police and Emergency Services Michael Gallacher said.
"The Government is now inviting submissions from rock fishers and other interested parties on the wearing of lifejackets by rock fishers," he said.
According to the Royal Life Saving National Drowning Report 2012, 11% of the 105 people who drowned in NSW in 2011-12 were rock fishing.
"Every drowning and rescue operation that occurs also puts emergency service workers at risk, so the Government's focus is about finding better solutions to stop tragedies from occurring," Mr Gallacher said.
Submissions on the paper can be made until the end of September here.