Safety urged

As New Zealand’s recreational boating season begins, Otago Regional Council harbourmaster Steve Rushbrook is emphasising the importance of safety for those venturing into Otago’s waters.

He advises a thorough check of vessels and equipment , as well as wearing lifejackets, carrying two waterproof communication methods, checking marine weather forecasts, avoiding alcohol, and being a responsible skipper.

"If in doubt, don’t go out."