We know that every body of water has different parameters, but this is interesting news coming from Australia…
Marine Rescue NSW has assured the boating community that it remains ready to respond to emergencies – but is appealing to recreational boaters to stay home during the COVID-19 crisis. Commissioner Stacey Tannos encouraged boaters to observe the need for people to socially isolate to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus throughout the community.
“It is important that boaters know Marine Rescue NSW is maintaining its life-saving services. If you’re in trouble on the water and need help, our volunteers are ready – as always – to respond,” he said.
“But this is not a time to be reckless with your own or our volunteers’ health and safety. “It is clear that in these difficult times, we are all expected to act responsibly and abide by the official requests to stay home except when essential in order to protect ourselves and each other. “I know our boating community places a high value on our volunteers and their mission to save lives on the water.
“So today, with the full support of NSW Maritime, I am taking the unusual step of asking our recreational boaters to stay at home. “Your cooperation in avoiding any unnecessary boating activities will help safeguard not only your own health and well being but also that of our 3,000-plus volunteers and others in the community.”
Commissioner Tannos thanked all MRNSW volunteers for their ongoing commitment to their community service during the continuing COVID-19 crisis. “As always, our volunteers are selflessly putting the safety of the boating community first, even during this worrying time for us all,” he said. “We all look forward to life on the water returning to normal when this crisis ends.”