Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Blitz on Boaties

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Blitz on Boaties

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Byline: LEAH WHITE leah.white@northernstar.com.au

ROADS and Maritime Services will be ramping up its safety and education campaign this long weekend, with extra boats patrolling Northern Rivers water ways.

Ballina RMS boating safety officer Darren Watson said the RMS was about to launch a state-wide boating education and compliance campaign to coincide with the start of boating season.

He said the campaign would involve on-water inspections through most parts of the Northern Rivers.

"We've got a high emphasis on safety equipment, life jackets and educating boaters about the start of the boating season and preparedness for the boating season," he said.

"The weather is shaping up to be an outstanding weekend.

"We would remind anyone who is heading to sea across the coastal bar it's compulsory to wear a lifejacket.

"Even if it's warm and calm weather, a storm could blow up any time, it has done in the last few days.

"We recommend people going to sea log in with marine rescue. …

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