Be a bright spark on the water

Snr Const Brad Bell.
Snr Const Brad Bell.

‘Unfortunately, long days in the sun, mixed with alcohol can create a dangerous concoction on the water, and with the new changes to speed limits, EPIRB and flare rules, all skippers should take the upmost caution,’ Senior Constable Brad Bell said.

January 1 changes to boating rules now require a use-by date on flares and EPIRB safety beacons to be carried between the mainland and Rottnest and Garden islands.

The beacons have to be aboard more than two nautical miles from the coast, or 400m from an island more than two nautical miles offshore.

On the Swan and Canning rivers, a 10-knot limit applies in non-restricted areas between sunset and sunrise on the water.