Boaties behaving more safely but still room for improvement – Maritime NZ

Long Lunch 15/10/2018
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Boaties are slowly improving when it comes to water safety, new Maritime New Zealand research shows.

The research shows boaties are checking the weather and having at least two ways to call for help more often than last year, while the number of boaties wearing lifejackets all or some of the time sits at 75 percent.

But Maritime New Zealand deputy manager Sharyn Forsyth says alcohol is still a concern, as is failing to wear a lifejacket.

“Particularly when we’re looking at the number of people that aren’t actually wearing life jackets, and the number of people that are still drinking on the water,” she told RadioLIVE.

Men over 40 years old still make up the most fatalities, with 14 dying from boating accidents last year.

Ms Forsyth says there is room for improvement.

What we want to see is more of the adults being good role models.

"Ultimately one-in-five boaties are reporting that they wear a lifejacket either never, not very often or only some of the time,” she said.

Listen to the full interview with Sharyn Forsyth above.

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