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Water Safety Council holiday warning

Holiday water safety warning (File photograph)

Water safety watchdogs today highlighted rules to avoid dangers at sea over the holiday weekend.

Michael Weeks, the chairman of the Water Safety Council, said most Covid-19 restrictions would be lifted on Sunday – but called on boaters and jet ski riders to remain on guard.

He said: “We are urging the public to please do their part in continuing to be safe and responsible.”

Mr Weeks added that seafarers should:

• Check weather conditions prior to planning a trip.

• Make sure vessels are seaworthy and safe for passengers and crew.

• Log a float plan with Bermuda Radio or a responsible individual so that others were aware where people were.

• Ensure VHF radio are working and check with channel 27 to Bermuda Radio.

• Make sure all required safety equipment is on board, such as navigation lights, life jackets, life rings and flares.

• Watch speed and wake and be courteous to other mariners.

• Refrain from operating marine vessels while under the influence of alcohol.

Mr Weeks said: “All of Bermuda can have an enjoyable time on the water while boating or swimming – however water safety must be a number one priority."

He added the Department of Marine and Ports’ boats and moorings section, in the Old Paget Post Office, could provide safety tips to the public.

Marine incidents should be reported on Channel 16 and Channel 27.

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Published June 18, 2021 at 4:19 pm (Updated June 18, 2021 at 4:19 pm)

Water Safety Council holiday warning

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