Staying safe on the water

By Lindy Laird

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A lifejacket must be carried for every person on board.
A lifejacket must be carried for every person on board.

People heading out on the water in Northland over the busy summer season are urged to wear lifejackets, keep their speed down and fly a dive flag if they have divers in the water.

Chidambaram Surendran, the Northland Regional Council's Deputy Harbourmaster, says the holiday period is a busy one around the Northland coast.

"While some years can be worse than others, failure to use dive flags, or not using them properly, is a common problem. Last year was especially bad, so we'll be keeping a close eye on this issue over summer, including issuing $200 infringement notices if necessary," Mr Surendran said.

"It's absolutely vital for everyone's safety that it's clearly signalled whenever divers are in the water."

A blue and white dive flag must be clearly visible from 200 metres away. A lifejacket must be carried for every person on board.

For tips on how to stay safe: www.nrc.govt.nz/safeboating.

- Northern Advocate

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