Police will maintain a strong presence on land and water during the HookUp, which kicks off on Friday.
Police will maintain a strong presence on land and water during the HookUp, which kicks off on Friday. Ebony Battersby

Safety devices harder to find in Gladstone before HookUp

EPIRBS are becoming harder to find in Gladstone, and with the HookUp kicking off on Friday, participants are being reminded that preparation is key.

Water Police officer in charge Acting Sergeant Neale Walley said those hitting the water must comply with the law.

"Our primary objective is to ensure safety equipment is in date and in good working condition," he said.

"Your safety is your responsibility and if you don't care, you will pay the price."

Curtis Coast Marine reports it has two boxes of EPIRBS in stock that have just arrived, and other outlets are expecting stocks to be replenished soon.

Otherwise, the recommendation of organisers is to head to Bundaberg or Rockhampton if you do not have an EPIRB (emergency position-indicating radio beacon) or flare prepared.

Senior Sergeant Tony Poli said the priority was to ensure a safe and fun weekend for all.

"We will be ensuring the safety of people coming and going and monitoring crowd behaviours," he said.

The laws state:

  • You must ensure your personal flotation devices are in good condition and appropriate sizing;
  • An EPIRB and four flares must be on board and within expiration dates;
  • Children under 12 must be wearing a PFD.

For more information regarding safety visit www.msq.gov.au.



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