New $480,000 Water Police patrol boat to help on the waters this summer
Water Police have saved 56 lives so far in 2016
Public urged to plan and stay safe as they take to the water
The Liberal National Government has continued its program to equip police with modern equipment to keep the community safe, today unveiling a new Water Police patrol boat.
Deputy Premier and Police Minister Liza Harvey said the $480,000, 10.5 metre boat would be patrolling river and ocean areas this summer as part of Western Australian Water Police operations.
"West Australians have a love affair with the water and to improve safety on our river and oceans, the State Government has equipped Water Police with three new boats worth nearly $4 million since 2013," Ms Harvey said.
The Deputy Premier said it was a timely reminder for people planning to take to the water this summer to go over all their safety equipment, make sure it was in working order and adequately plan their boating experience.
"Water Police are well equipped should an emergency occur on waterways, however, with suitable planning and the right safety equipment on board, a lot of time, money and worry can be avoided," she said.
So far in 2016 (January-October), WA Water Police have responded to the following:
- 243 vessels adrift
- 24 maydays
- 87 EPIRB alarms
- 1,118 vessel assists
- 388 overdue vessels.
"West Australians are encouraged to enjoy their summer on the water, and the Government has provided Water Police with the resources they need to keep the community safe," Ms Harvey said.
In the first 10 months of 2016, Water Police have been involved in 36 major rescues and saved 56 lives; 11 people have died or missing at sea on WA waters
Water Police are responsible for the co-ordination of marine search and rescue operations across the State
Responding to emergencies includes co-ordinating the involvement of other WA Government agencies that have their own vessels, such as the Department of Transport, Department of Fisheries, and the Rottnest Island Authority; and more than 35 Department of Fire and Emergency Services Volunteer Marine Rescue Services groups, and Surf Life Saving WA
There are about 1,600 volunteers attached to WA's Volunteer Marine Rescue Services groups, providing Water Police with 57 deployable vessels across the State
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