Laugh, but out on the water ‘Nobody’s faster than disaster’
Maritime NZ launches the first of three quirky videos tomorrow aimed at getting ‘bullet-proof’ young men, who have never had an accident and reckon they never will to realize “Nobody’s faster than disaster” and actually plan for the worst.
“There has been an absolute explosion in the use of kayaks, canoes and paddle boards. There are 300,000 being used and younger people are often taking no lifejackets, no communications, and also don’t know the rules on the water,” Maritime NZ Director, Keith Manch said.
“Boating fatalities (of which 90% are men) shows us that whether they are young or old, men in particular constantly overestimate their skills and underestimate the risks of boating. These videos are made to remind them that disaster can be just round the corner and if it strikes they need a Plan B to survive.”
The videos focus on boaties in small craft - wearing lifejackets, bagging their cellphone in a waterproof bag and adhering to the 5 knot rule near the coast and other swimmers.
TV3’s Big Angry Fish hosts Milan and Nathan front the videos and hilariously play every role including a drunken fishermen, small girl and boy, yuppie-type powerboat owners and a lonely kayaker searching for zen.
“Milan and Nathan are highly regarded fishermen and boaties. They’re hard case men who happily tell everyone that being safe never ruined a day on the water,” said Mr Manch.
Supporting all the videos is a Facebook competition where keen boaties and fishers can win a $1500 fishing prize pack. Check it out on Safer Boating Facebook.