Boating users urged to be careful this Easter

TRANSPORT Safety Victoria is reminding boat operators to take ownership for the safety of their vessel and everyone on board ahead of the Easter long weekend. 

TSV incident statistics reveal a horror period on Victorian waters last Easter, with 25 reported recreational boating incidents between March 29 and April 1, 2013. 

Maritime safety regulator spokesman Paul Corkill said the master of the boat was responsible for everyone on board the vessel. 

"This means taking reasonable care for your own safety and the safety of people who may be affected by your actions," he said. 

“Make sure you adequately prepare for the trip by checking the weather before and during boating. Before you leave, don’t forget to tell someone where you’re going and when you expect to be back. Ensure you have appropriate safety equipment, such as life jackets, and that the equipment is in good working condition. You should also ensure that your boat is fit for purpose, and that the condition of the vessel is well maintained and safe. 

"This includes checking the fuel and electrical systems to reduce the risk of fire."

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