Boat safety urged during busy Easter

Rockingham Volunteer Sea Rescue Group’s Chris Aleman and Linda Bateman.
Rockingham Volunteer Sea Rescue Group’s Chris Aleman and Linda Bateman.

Hundreds of boat users are expected on local waters like Cockburn Sound and Warnbro Sound over the long weekend with Rockingham Volunteer Sea Rescue Group Commander Bob Barker urging all to be safe.

Cmdr Barker said despite dozens of boat trailers parked at Point Peron boat ramp in recent days, only a few people had logged their movements with the group.

�We have not noticed any changes in the amount of log-ons for our group,� he said.

�There were around 40 trailers in the car park at the Point Peron ramp and yet only five on the log and at Bent Street ramp it was full and no log-ons from that ramp.�

Cmdr Barker said there were a few simple steps to make sure boaties and their passengers returned safely from their trip.

�Don�t forget to let us know where you are and the time you are coming back,� he said.

�Let us know the number of people on board and make sure you have enough fuel.�

All boats that travel more than two nautical miles off the mainland or 400m from islands like Garden Island must have an Electronic Positioning Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) on board.