Failing to carry a fire extinguisher, not having a torch, and not wearing a lifejacket were some of the safety concerns seen by Safe Transport Victoria safety inspectors during a recent operation at Lake Eildon.

Inspectors stopped 56 boats and jet skis over the three days of Saturday 2, Sunday 3 and Monday 4 March, issuing 16 infringements and 27 warnings.

The most common cause for infringements was powered boats failing to carry a fire extinguisher – carrying one is legally required under marine safety laws.

Not carrying a torch was the most common reason for receiving a warning, followed by not carrying a marine licence.

At least one fire extinguisher is required to be carried by boats that have fuel on board, with the number of extinguishers and the size of the extinguisher dependent on the size of the boat.

And all personal watercraft (PWC) such as jet skis must carry a waterproof buoyant torch at all times. Torches can be used to signal for help in an emergency or alert other watercraft at night. It’s important that the torch is waterproof and buoyant so it can be retrieved if it falls in the water.

And lastly, boaters shouldn’t forget their lifejackets – Safe Transport Victoria recommends wearing a lifejacket at all times and on all waters. To learn more about lifejackets, visit: https://safetransport.vic.gov.au/on-the-water/wear-a-lifejacket/

Safe Transport Victoria safety inspectors regularly patrol waterways across the state in partnership with Victoria Police, Parks Victoria, and waterway managers.

To find out what safety equipment is required for your vessel in Victoria, visit the Recreational Boating Safety handbook: https://handbook.safetransport.vic.gov.au/boating-essentials/safety-equipment/safety-equipment-features-and-standards/

 

Don’t forget:

  • Take your safety equipment when going out on the water
  • The most important piece of safety equipment is a lifejacket
  • Check whether you need additional safety items such as a torch, fire extinguisher, or flares. Equipment requirements can differ between vessels and waterways.