Buller District Council

Safer boating campaign promotes good boating practices

3rd November, 2021

The No Excuses campaign is kicking off again to promote safe boating practices. Buller District Council’s port staff are rolling out the campaign in partnership with Maritime NZ.

Between Labour Weekend and March 2022 boaties can expect to be stopped on the water to see if they have life jackets on board as well as two forms of communication.

Westport Port’s harbour master Trevor James says: “People will be getting their boats ready for the summer break. It’s essential to make sure everything is in functioning condition. Don’t forget to check your life jackets, especially for rips and rotten material, and make sure the safety straps are in good nick too.”

During the last campaign 48 boats were checked and all were compliant. Mr James says he was really pleased with the 100% pass rate.

“Well done Buller. But we can’t afford to let our guard down as the bar can be very unforgiving especially for small boats, so make sure to check the tides and weather forecast.”

“Keep up the good effort and have a safe summer, see you on the water.”

Bar information can be found on the Council’s port website, which gives boaties the latest bar depths and what lead to use.

For more information go to https://saferboating.org.nz/

-ENDS-

For more information contact:
Harbour master
Trevor James
021 959279

Photo: Harbour master Trevor James models how it is done right, wearing a larger fit life jacket (picture one) and an inflatable life jacket suitable for small fishing boats (picture two)

 

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