‘Water Safety Must Be A Number One Priority’

June 26, 2019

Water Safety Council Chairman Michael Weeks reminded boaters and swimmers about the importance of water safety, saying that while everyone can have an enjoyable time on the water while boating or swimming, water safety must be a number one priority.

Speaking at a press conference today, Michael Weeks said, “I would like to remind our boaters and swimmers about the importance of water safety. As we are fully into the summer season we should be focusing on water safety and still have an enjoyable time with our family and friends.

The 6-minute live video replay is below:

“Here are some safety tips for mariners and Jet Ski operators:

  • Check weather conditions prior to planning your trip or outing.
  • Make sure the condition of your vessel is seaworthy and safe for passengers and crew.
  • Give your float plan to Bermuda Radio or a responsible individual so that persons are aware of your location.
  • Check to ensure your VHF Radio is working, use channel 27 to Bermuda Radio for radio check
  • Make sure all required safety equipment is on board example, Navigational lights, lifejackets, life rings, flares, etc.,
  • Watch your Speed and Wake
  • Be courteous to other mariners
  • Be responsible, don’t drink and drive

“The Dept. of Marine and Ports, Boats and Moorings Section located in the Old Paget Post Office, also provides important information for the general public with regards to Water Safety.

“Recently, there was a marine incident where a young woman was injured and required medical assistance at a large event that involved swimmers and a vessels in close proximity. Such events are common in Bermuda and can be raft-ups, boat races and any other marine events.

“All marine incidents should be reported to Marine Police, Channel 16, Bermuda Radio, Channel 16 and Channel 27.

“Lastly, I ask all mariners to be vigilant of your surroundings at all times. All of Bermuda can have an enjoyable time on the water while boating or swimming. However, water safety must be a number one priority! Thank you”

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  1. Guy Carri says:

    Every person driving on the water should have a license. Simple. And since this gov is pro at charging more it should be a no brainer.

    • Wahoo says:

      I agree there should be a test and a fee similar to a car. Also there should be mandatory insurance.

    • Triangle Drifter says:

      It should be especially easy since it is a no- brainer.