Boaties warned to take extra care

THE recreational boating season has now begun on the Coffs Coast, and that means all operators need to take extra care.

The October long weekend traditionally marks the start of the season in NSW, when Maritime officials are also out in force to make sure people are heeding safety messages.

Strong north-easterly winds at the weekend kept boatie numbers down on the Coffs Coast, but that didn't stop New South Wales Maritime boating officers undertaking patrols.

They checked 27 vessels to ensure they were complying with lifejacket, licence and safety equipment regulations. Of those, only one operator was fined for driving an unlicensed vessel, and a skipper was warned for speeding.

Statewide, officials issued 74 fines and 34 formal warnings.

An estimated 1.5 million people go out on the water each year in NSW.



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