Know the risks
As a skipper, the best time to think about the dangers, weigh up the risks and double check your safety gear is well before your trip takes place
If something needs fixing or replacing you have time to do it and you avoid the choice between taking a risk or staying home. Making safety a priority will make the difference when the unexpected happens and your life, or someone else’s, is on the line. Victoria Police and volunteers from marine search and rescue agencies located across the state of Victoria, respond to more than 1,300 marine incidents and calls for help each year.
In the past 10 years 87 boaters have died on waterways across the state in all types of vessels – new, old, small and large.
Maritime Safety Victoria ‘s incident statistics and research are available at: transportsafety.vic.gov.au/msv
Of the 87 people who died, what went wrong and why didn’t they come home safely?