WHITFORDS Volunteer Sea Rescue has urged people to carry out general maintenance on their boats before heading out on the water.
“The past months have seen the start of the amateur cray fishing season and also recently the lifting of fishing for demersal fish, school holidays and warmer weather,” maintenance officer Mike Ogley said.
“The next few weeks will be our busiest period.
“There will be a huge increase in boats being used over this period and we will be called upon for various reasons.”
He said most rescues would be because of a lack of maintenance while boats are not used for several months during |the fishing bans or winter months.
“Our maintenance crews suggest before you pack up your boat and head out for the day you carry out general maintenance on your boat, motor and trailer to ensure you have an enjoyable day out on the water,” Mr Ogley said.
He said the most common issues would be having old fuel in the tank and radios not working.
“Electrical systems and cabling should also be inspected annually,” he said.
“Batteries need to be maintained all year round with either a standby charging system or removed and placed in a vehicle to ensure they remain topped up with power.”
Mr Ogley said boaties also needed to remember to check safety equipment and flares and the boat trailer.
He also urged the importance of logging on and off each journey.
“Lots of people still don’t, which is a major restriction when a search is initiated for someone who is overdue or reported missing by family or friends,” he said.