A safety warning has been issued for people taking to waterways over the long weekend.

With the King’s Birthday public holiday occurring Monday, 10 June, Marine Rescue NSW is forecasting an uptick in people seeking to enjoy themselves on waterways this long weekend. They are urging boaters to plan, prepare and be vigilant on the water.

Marine Rescue NSW Commissioner Alex Barrell opens Broken Bay base

Marine Rescue NSW Commissioner Alex Barrell (image above) said he expects large numbers of boaters to be on the water over the long weekend, depending on weather conditions.

“We are urging all boaters to plan and prepare before heading out on the state’s waterways this June long weekend. Check the weather forecast before departure and continue monitoring because if conditions change rapidly you could end up in a life-threatening situation.

“If you haven’t taken your vessel out recently, check the engine and battery, make sure you have fresh fuel and plenty in reserve along with the correct safety equipment. We ask all boaters to be safe, vigilant and respectful on the water, enjoy the voyage and most importantly return home safe,” said Comm Barrell.

Marine Rescue NSW

Over the King’s Birthday long weekend last June, Marine Rescue NSW volunteers completed 90 search and rescue missions, safely returning 205 people to shore.

“The pleasing thing about boating behaviour during last year’s long weekend was that more than 2,100 vessels ‘logged on’ with Marine Rescue NSW ensuring our dedicated volunteers kept watch for their safe return.

“We are encouraging all boaters to make logging on part of their pre-launch behaviour either via the free Marine Rescue NSW app or VHF channel 16, it only takes a minute to protect a lifetime,” said Comm Barrell.

Marine Rescue NSW

Marine Rescue NSW recently received confirmation from Buckingham Palace that His Majesty King Charles III would retain the Patronage of Marine Rescue NSW.

“His Majesty’s commitment maintains the link between Marine Rescue NSW and the Royal Family. His Majesty’s Patronage dates back to the Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol, whose members became an integral part of Marine Rescue NSW,” said Comm Barrell.

More than 3,400 Marine Rescue NSW volunteers stand ready to respond to boaters needing assistance across the state this long weekend.

Images: Marine Rescue NSW, Northern Beaches Advocate

Marine Rescue NSW

Marine Rescue NSW is a volunteer based not-for-profit professional organisation dedicated to keeping boaters safe on the water and supporting local communities. With over 3,400 members across 46 units, they have conducted over 33,000 assistance and rescue missions since they were formed in 2009.

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