24 Oct 2014

Lifejacket rules for Auckland boaties

3:31 pm on 24 October 2014

New boating rules requiring everyone sailing in the Auckland region to wear life jackets start this weekend.

Life jacket hanging on life buoy, Lake Ruataniwha

Life jacket hanging on life buoy, Lake Ruataniwha Photo: PHOTO NZ

The by-law requires all people on vessels under six metres to wear life jackets, unless the skipper decides it is safe to remove them.

Police say it means a skipper will be held personally accountable and could face charges should something go wrong on the water.

From Saturday it will also be compulsory for boats to carry a communication device and it will be an offence for anyone in charge of a vessel to be intoxicated by drugs or alcohol.

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