As the weather begins to warm up, tens of thousands of people in NSW will jump onto the water. However, whether this involves fishing, jet skiing or diving, it is important to remember boat safety.
According to Surf Life Saving New South Wales, there has already been close to 6,000 rescues up and down the state. The organisation also reported 138,775 preventative actions and 9,199 first aid incidents as well.
Ocean safety vital
While much of these statistics relate to individuals swimming at the beach, boating safety is under the microscope with the recent start of the new season.
In concluding its Operation BoatSafe: Be Prepared campaign, NSW Roads & Maritime highlighted the importance of boaters ensuring their vessels and safety equipment are up to standard before hitting the open water. The authority stated that around half a million people in NSW hold a boat licence across 240,000 registered vessels.
This means that on any sunny weekend, tens of thousands of people could be offshore.
Roads and Maritime Services General Manager of Boating Operations David Hunter explained it is up to the boat captain to ensure everyone on board is safe.
"Now is the time to check the boat, motor and equipment are in good working order as the major causes of breakdown at sea are engine failure, fuel shortage or contamination, mechanical failure and battery failure," he said.
"It is also the time to check all lifejackets, especially inflatable models, to ensure they are in good condition and have been serviced according to the manufacturer's requirements. People should wear a lifejacket when boating, especially in smaller craft."
In the event that an accident does occur on the boat, Mr Hunter outlined three key items that should be present on board. This included distress beacons, fire extinguishers and flares.
Boat accident compensation
A fun day on the water can quickly turn to a disaster and the results can be dire. However, many of these accidents are preventable and can be attributed to someone acting negligently. As such, you could be eligible for compensation.
In complex cases such as negligence on a boat, it is important to talk to a lawyer who can advise you on your options. Of course, there are strict time times in making a claim, so this should be completed as soon as possible.
For more information, contact the expert legal team at Gerard Malouf Partners today.