15 Oct 2018

Recreational boaties still need to heed safety warning

From Nine To Noon, 9:09 am on 15 October 2018
Maritime New Zealand is calling for a national law over the wearing of lifejackets.

Photo: PHOTO NZ

New research shows recreational boaties are improving their attitudes to safety, but many are still not wearing lifejackets and people are still drinking alcohol on the water. 19 boaties died last year, with the vast majority of deaths happening after Labour Weekend. Of those 19 deaths, 18 were men and 14 of them were aged over 40 years old. Maritime NZ says the research on attitudes to water safety is encouraging but more work is still needed to lower the number of deaths.

Maritime NZ's Shayrn Forsyth joins Kathryn to discuss.