Lookout! Issue 25, June 2012
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I was a late starter in boating by Kiwi standards, beginning with Sea Scouts as a twelve-year-old, then with fishing and waterskiing at age fifteen when my Dad bought a Marlborough Dart runabout.
The skipper and crewman had been fishing for two days and had anchored in a local bay for both nights. The skipper had developed toothache and did not sleep well when relieved at the helm.
Two commercial skippers were out on an evening trip when their recreational vessel collided at speed with a rocky point. One man was killed and the other was seriously injured.
Buoys and beacons are the signposts of the sea. To navigate safely, you need to be able to recognise, understand and follow these marks.
One of the men was thought to have died at the scene and received limited first aid attention. He later regained consciousness after suffering serious injuries, but his survival was uncertain...
A tourist suffered serious injuries and was permanently impaired when her legs got caught in a boat's propellers as she entered the water to swim with dolphins.
Sixty metres of vessel weighing 1,500 tonnes steamed through the safety zone of a gas production platform last year coming as close as 300 metres.
A steel-hulled fishing vessel foundered in clear conditions while travelling to fishing grounds. They did the right thing by abandoning ship before their lives were put at risk.
A commercial vessel transporting workers to a worksite in sheltered waters collided with a yacht travelling on a reciprocal course, despite reasonable visibility and conditions.
Have you checked out what you can do on the MNZ website lately?