Lookout! Issue 26, September 2012
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‘Yeah right’ I hear you saying, but before you write it off as nonsense, let me explain. This is an aspirational goal of the Transport Accident Investigation Commission (the Commission), rather than one we realistically think we can achieve.
A man drowned when a cable or fall wire supporting a lifeboat on a cruise ship failed, plunging him and another crewman into harbour waters. An examination of the davits identified 10 other corroded fall wires.
Two vessels collided after they moved away from a group of fishing boats into more open waters and failed to keep a proper lookout.
One recent weekend, we saw three high-profile scenarios in play with three different outcomes. In the first, five men wearing lifejackets were rescued by Navy and Coastguard from their sinking yacht when it hit rocks at Cape Colville, near Great Barrier Island.
Many different types of lifejackets or PFDs are available. It is essential that you choose the correct type for your boating activities. The different types are described in the standard NZS 5823: 2005.
A river rafting company identified an ongoing hazard that its operation posed to paddlers and took practicable steps to reduce the risk.
A fast ferry with 56 passengers on board was involved in a collision with a recreational launch, cutting the launch in two. The ferry suffered only minor paint damage.
Two men drowned and three other people were lucky to survive after a large wave capsized a 7.5 metre recreational power catamaran in cold inshore waters. A large-scale search was launched to find the bodies.
A man died when his jet boat flipped over on an unfamiliar stretch of river at night, trapping him underneath.
A passenger was thrown into the air during a high-speed boat ride and suffered permanent spinal injuries.