Category Archives: Inland Lakes & Waterways

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

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Gairloch Tragedy – What’s the Difference between a Buoyancy Vest and a Life Jacket?

Gairloch Tragedy – What’s the Difference between a Buoyancy Vest and a Life Jacket?

The difference is simply that a buoyancy vest (a waistcoat with foam on the inside) will help keep you afloat but only a life jacket will keep your head above water if you fall unconscious. This critical point of difference was highlighted in a tragedy in Scotland earlier this year when a man and three…Continue Reading

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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 on…Continue Reading

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Alpine lakes lifejacket message not getting through

New South Wales Roads and Maritime Services has launched a campaign to educate boaters in alpine or high country waters of when they need to wear a lifejacket. Maritime Acting Manager Boating Safety and Regional Operations Craig Whitmore said since 1 November 2010, strengthened lifejacket laws in NSW have required lifejackets to be worn more…Continue Reading

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