Boaties asked to be extra vigilant over Labour Weekend

  • 24/10/2015
Boaties asked to be extra vigilant over Labour Weekend

Officials are hoping a water safety campaign has rammed home key messages to boaties heading out on the water this weekend.

Maritime New Zealand is urging boaties to "prep your boat, check your gear, and know the rules" and to check the weather forecast.

Safer Boating Week finished yesterday before recreational boating traditionally gears up at Labour Weekend.

Maritime NZ deputy director Lindsay Sturt said it was a successful week.

Waikato Regional Council's maritime services team leader, Richard Barnett, is also hoping the message has got through.

"We want you to have fun if you're heading out on the water over Labour Weekend or planning to use your boat over summer, but it's important to stay safe," he says.

Coastguard Volunteers were also recognised at the Coastguard New Zealand Awards of Excellence, which were timed to get a safety message out to boaties ahead of the holiday weekend.

Coastguard volunteers responded to about 80 incidents involving more than 200 people during the three days of the holiday weekend last year.

More than 50 percent of these callouts were for mechanical or electrical failures.