NSW Ports Minister Duncan Gay today congratulated the state’s boating community after the safest boating season on record.
Mr Gay said the record safe season was highlighted by a fatality-free Easter weekend in NSW.
Mr Gay has congratulated all boating industry stakeholders and NSW Maritime’s many partners in safety.
Boating fatalities and serious injuries were well down on the previous year-to-date figures, with an 86 per cent drop in fatalities and 55 per cent drop in serious injuries.
'It is the best result for boating safety on record. With only three fatalities recorded in the period, it is 50 per cent lower than the previous record low achieved in the 2003-04 season,' Mr Gay said.
'But I think we all agree that one fatality is one too many, which is why we will work to further improve safety for all boat users.
Compared with the previous period up to the end of Easter Monday there were:
• 3 incidents involving fatalities, down 86 per cent from 21;
• 26 serious injuries, down 55 per cent from 58;
• 169 recreational vessel incidents, down 33 per cent from 254;
• 34 commercial vessel incidents, down 37 per cent from 54; and
• 31 incidents involving recreational and commercial vessel incident, down 11% from 35
New lifejacket laws require lifejackets to be worn more frequently and on more vessels, including by children under 12.
This was highlighted earlier this week when an 11 year old boy and a 43 year old man survived the swamping of their 4.3m boat when fishing of an offshore reef at Crowdy Head.
Both were wearing inflatable lifejackets and were rescued unharmed. www.maritime.nsw.gov.au