Posts Tagged ‘lifejackets’

Lifejackets and personal flotation devices (PFDs)

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Wear It - LifejacketsNSW Maritime has introduced new regulations, applicable from 1 November 2010. There are now more situations when sailors, boaters and users of other watercraft are required to wear lifejackets. In this case, it’s not over-regulating, more like commonsense.

Read about the Lifejacket Reforms and then implement them on your boat. And sailors in NSW should note that these regulations are additional to those already in force.

In the first 12 months, NSW Maritime will issue warnings for first offences relating to the new regulations. But repeat offenders may be issued with fines.

Over the Christmas break you can expect to see Maritime staff checking that vessels are carrying the required safety equipment. But they will also be on the lookout for skippers boating under the influence (BUI).

Crossing a bar – a cautionary tale

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

Two fishermen who were lucky to escape alive today after being swept out to sea show just how dangerous bars are at the entrance to a port.

Their boat overturned during the night on the notorious Tweed River bar on the New South Wales/Queensland border.

First the engine failed on their five-metre boat, then the anchor line snapped and the boat was swept out through the bar on an ebb tide.

The two were thrown into the water when the boat flipped in the bar. They survived because they were wearing lifejackets.

Other fishermen rescued them from the sea three miles from the bar and they were flown to shore by a helicopter.

Read my article on Crossing a Bar – Nine Rules to Keep You, Your Crew and Your Boat Safe. In a yacht it can be just as dangerous.