Boaties warned: Some lifejackets don't meet guidelines

RETAILERS across Gladstone are selling lifejackets that do not meet Australian requirements - but it is the buyer who will be fined.

Saturday's VMR Open Day highlighted the need for skippers and boat owners to know the legislation inside out, not only to protect lives but their hip pocket too.

Mick McAullay fronted an information session regarding lifejackets at the weekend, revealing the finer points of the law.

"Shops around Gladstone may be selling lifejackets that do not meet Australian regulations," he said.

"It is completely up to the boat owner to know the difference. He or she will be the one that gets fined."

Mr McAullay recalled a fishing trip he took a few years back with some mates at Lady Musgrave Island.

"The swell was up around seven metres, the wind at 30 knots," he said.

"It's times that like that you feel a little bit more comfortable knowing there is adequate safety equipment on board."

Volunteers from the branch covered all aspects of summer boating safety including safety equipment, boat condition and logging on and off with the VMR.

Boaties who missed out on the free information session can access the same knowledge by visiting the VMR building on Alf O'Rourke Drv.

To meet Australian regulations, a lifejacket must have:

  • Reflective material straps
  • English instructions on how to use
  • Labelling on the classification
  • Considered in good working condition
  • Comply with the Maritime Authority
ON BOARD: Brad Newth with Ocean Newth, 4, Casey Plumridge, 12, River Newth, 2, and Jai Plumridge enjoyed a day learning about boating safety at the VMR Open Day.
ON BOARD: Brad Newth with Ocean Newth, 4, Casey Plumridge, 12, River Newth, 2, and Jai Plumridge enjoyed a day learning about boating safety at the VMR Open Day. Ebony Battersby

Family checks in to make sure tinnie is safe

WITH one daughter named River and the other Ocean, there is no doubt the water holds a special place in Brad Newth's heart.

A self professed mad keen fisherman, Mr Newth and his two daughters were all ears at the Volunteer Marine Rescue Open Day on Saturday.

They checked in their family tinnie for inspection to ensure all regulations were met.

"I have two small things I have to get looked at that I wasn't aware of this morning," he said.

"We all try to go out together fishing or crabbing as often as we can.

"Usually just in the harbour or on the Calliope River."

Mr Newth recited the fisherman's creed when asked what a good day fishing meant to him.

"Any day fishing is a good day," he laughed.

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