Gladstone Water Police officer-in-charge Sergeant Jeff Barnett.
Gladstone Water Police officer-in-charge Sergeant Jeff Barnett. Mike Richards

Tag-along day helps boaties new to Gladstone harbour

GLADSTONE Water Police officers are gearing up for their next tag-along day, in a proactive bid to increase safety on the harbour.

Officer-in-charge of Gladstone Water Police, Sergeant Jeff Barnett, said the initiative was all about trying to decrease the number of marine incidents out on the water.

"In collaboration with the LNG industry and Volunteer Marine Rescue Gladstone, we've identified some issues with people new to town, new to the harbour and new to boating that are a little hesitant to go out and if they do, they probably haven't done all the appropriate checks and aren't quite familiar with the area," he said.

"So to reduce the likelihood of them getting into trouble, whether it's a marine incident, getting lost or having mechanical issues, we've set up a bit of a tag-along day."

After an already successful open night, the plan for the tag-along day is for newcomers to the area, and even those who may have little experience in tidal boating, to come along and familiarise themselves with the busy harbour.

"The plan is they can log in with VMR, come along on the day and we'll go on a trip across the harbour and talk about some of the key safety aspects of where you can go, where you can't go," he said.

The day is pencilled in for Saturday, January 25. For more information email vmrboatingsafety@gmail.com.



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