Category Archives: National News

Boaters Warned Of Continued Hypothermia Risk

Four Scottish Men In A Boat

With another month of winter ahead, boaters need to remember the potentially deadly consequences of immersion in cold water and the need to guard against hypothermia.

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) Acting Director Maritime Michael Wright said the loss of body heat is one of the greatest hazards to a person in the water.

“Hypothermia is the term used to describe a body’s temperature lowering to dangerous levels after exposure to cold air or water,” Mr Wright said.Continue Reading

Compulsory Swimming Lessons for all Primary School Students

Wear It Australia is pleased to support this petition in view that the “child” will one day have the right to obtain a boating license and then have the responsibility of a skipper in charge of other non-swimmers on board his vessel. The ability to swim is not a condition of a recreational boating license in Australia. Research data from theContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Tommy Jacobson, SUP Starts An Amazing Journey

On May 19, Tommy Jacobson, aged 19 years old from Murrumbateman in NSW, starts an amazing adventure travelling over 6000 kilometres on a stand up paddle board (SUP). His goal is to paddle the entire length of Australia’s four longest rivers – the Murray, Murrumbidgee, Darling and Lachlan.Continue Reading

Courtney Mae Simon not to be just another statistic

On June 11, 2011, a mother’s worst nightmare unfolded when 14 year old Courtney Mae Simon went missing on Lake Macquarie – Australia’s largest coastal salt-water lake and twice the size of Sydney Harbour. Courtney had set off at around 2pm in a four-metre tinnie with two friends, heading for one of the islands onContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Lifejacket Attached To Sinking Boat Saves Fisherman

The submerged vessel with the fishermen’s makeshift lifejacket signal flag. An offshore training exercise for New South Wales Marine Rescue Shellharbour turned into a quick-response rescue operation when the crew of a sinking boat made a Mayday call on Saturday morning. The half-cabin boat with two fishermen on board had begun taking on water inContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Serious implications for all commercial fishing operations.

In the late hours of a Sunday night three men were fishing in the waters off of Stansbury in a small, unsurveyed commercial net boat. They were anchored on a sandbar and had set a mesh net targeting shark. At about 8pm they began to retrieve the net. They were using an unapproved large netContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Tragic accidents in small open boats by lone skippers

Two serious boating accidents over two days in Port Stephens have prompted an urgent reminder by Maritime Safety Authorities of the importance of wearing lifejackets.  NSW Maritime Acting Manager Boating Safety and Regional Operations Craig Whitmore reported that an 84-year-old man was pulled from the water unconscious after he had set out in his tender (smallContinue ReadingContinue Reading

SOS delivers purpose built flood relief lifejackets to State Emergency Services

Australian manufacturer, SOS Marine has delivered 2000 life jackets to the New South Wales (NSW) State Emergency Services (SES) to be used in Flood Relief Operations.  SOS Marine has worked with the NSW SES for the past two years on design and development of these purpose designed lifejackets. Continue Reading

Three Coastal Bar Crossing Incidents During Nine Day Period

The Brunswick River coastal bar came under the spotlight during Operation Blue Water with three bar crossing incidents occurring during the nine-day campaign. Roads and Maritime Services Acting General Manager Maritime Operations Trevor Williams said Operation Blue Water, focusing on offshore boating safety, finished at dusk on Sunday after kicking off on 11 February. ItContinue ReadingContinue Reading