A total of 174 lives have been lost in boating incidents in NSW over the last 10 years. More than half those fatalities resulted from a person falling overboard or a vessel capsizing.
In the interest of improved safety, NSW Maritime is seeking comment on proposals to change lifejacket rules.
Should there be new categories for compulsory wearing of lifejackets aimed at recreational boaters in situations of heightened risk, especially children and boaters in tinnies?
NSW Maritime recognises that not all boating activity has a similar risk. The idea is not to make the wearing of lifejackets compulsory at all times, or to take the fun out of boating. However, boating should be enjoyable and safe and if there is an accident a lifejacket can dramatically increase your chance of survival.
This survey takes about five minutes to complete and is anonymous.
There is an option to leave your basic contact details if you choose to do so, and this will put you into the running to win one of 10 inflatable lifejackets.
The deadline for comment is Friday 8 January 2010.
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