Potential dangers in catching fish when boating offshore
Potential dangers in open waters are reminded to vessels operating in offshore during Roads and Maritime Services operation along with NSW North Coast this weekend.
Roads and Maritime Services NSW Maritime executive director Mark Hutchings said “Now the peak summer boating season has finished, boating safety officers will focus on vessels operating offshore.”
When you are offshore, there are different dangers and different safety equipment you need to have on board to comply with NSW boating safety legislation.
"There have been a number of recent incidents along the North Coast involving vessels hitting rocks or capsizing when attempting to cross a coastal bar, resulting in the rescue of several people who ended up in the water.
"These incidents serve as a timely reminder for boaters to be prepared when heading offshore and crossing coastal bars, to carry an EPIRB, wear a lifejacket and carry the correct safety equipment.