ROADS and Maritime Services (RMS) acting general manager boating operations Scott Kidd announced the largest number of fines issued to boaters during the recent Operation Blue Water were for insufficient safety equipment such as flares.
In total, 628 vessels were randomly checked during the operation which ran from February 11 to 24.
“A total of 33 penalty notices and 26 formal warnings were issued with 11 penalty notices issued for not carrying the required safety equipment for boating offshore,” Mr Kidd said.
“There were seven fines issued during the campaign for not wearing lifejackets when legally required to do so and six fines issued for not carrying sufficient lifejackets for the number of people on board.
“Boating safety officers also found several people boating offshore had difficulties putting on a lifejacket when asked to do so.