Category Archives: Boating

Go Whistle With A Titanic Call!

Remember that scene near the end of the movie Titanic where poor Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) had frozen to death and been sent to Davy Jones Locker and Rose (Kate Winslet) was barely alive and clinging onto a door from the wreck to keep her afloat?

The rescue boat came and didn’t look like finding her until she reached for a whistle attached to the frozen corpse of a nearby sailor and blew it to draw their attention. Remember? It was the whistle that saved her.

Today, most life jackets come with a whistle attached. Some are pretty good – others are a bit pathetic and their sound simply won’t carry over distance or the noise of crashing waves and howling wind.

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Higher Life Jacket Wearing Rate Would Reduce Drowning In NSW Boating

The wearing of lifejackets is the one factor that overarches most of the safety issues highlighted by this report. Indeed, it is very likely that higher lifejacket wearing rates would have prevented many of the 64.7% of recreational vessel fatalities thought to have been caused by drowning over the period 2002–03 to 2011–12.  First andContinue ReadingContinue Reading

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Rules, Routine and Discipline

On a recent visit to San Francisco, we went along to the historic Hyde Street Pier down on Fisherman’s Wharf and toured some of the old ships moored there as part of the Maritime National Historic Park display. For a while we watched a group of school kids on an educational excursion who were experiencingContinue ReadingContinue Reading

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10 Reasons Why You Should Always Wear a PFD1 Life Jacket.

“Man Overboard!” 10 reasons why you should always wear a PFD1 life jacket.Continue Reading

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Four men in a boat on a deep, cold Scottish loch.

Here’s a nice scene of Loch Long in Scotland in early autumn. It was a cool but tranquil day and these four men in a boat were likely fishing for cod, whiting or mackerel which are abundant in this sea loch. Notice anything wrong with this picture?Continue Reading

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Surviving 20 Hours In The Water

The information on this page tells an extraordinary true story of three men who survived 20 hours in the water after their vessel was swamped in bad weather. The lessons learnt section provides a reminder of the importance of having your safety equipment easily accessible and in good condition. This incident is also an exampleContinue ReadingContinue Reading

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Wear Lifejackets When Crossing Bars.

  A recent story in the Australian AFLOAT Magazine has prompted us again at Wear It Australia to engage, educate and encourage skippers to make sure they and all crew members on board are wearing the appropriate PFD - life jacket.  If you’re not sure when to wear it, then it’s best to think of the old slogan “If it’s not on – It’sContinue ReadingContinue Reading

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Courtney Mae Simon not to be just another statistic

On June 11, 2011, a mother’s worst nightmare unfolded when 14 year old Courtney Mae Simon went missing on Lake Macquarie – Australia’s largest coastal salt-water lake and twice the size of Sydney Harbour. Courtney had set off at around 2pm in a four-metre tinnie with two friends, heading for one of the islands onContinue ReadingContinue Reading

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Lifejacket Attached To Sinking Boat Saves Fisherman

The submerged vessel with the fishermen’s makeshift lifejacket signal flag. An offshore training exercise for New South Wales Marine Rescue Shellharbour turned into a quick-response rescue operation when the crew of a sinking boat made a Mayday call on Saturday morning. The half-cabin boat with two fishermen on board had begun taking on water inContinue ReadingContinue Reading

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Serious implications for all commercial fishing operations.

In the late hours of a Sunday night three men were fishing in the waters off of Stansbury in a small, unsurveyed commercial net boat. They were anchored on a sandbar and had set a mesh net targeting shark. At about 8pm they began to retrieve the net. They were using an unapproved large netContinue ReadingContinue Reading

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