3 May 2013

Mayor hopes report prevents another muttonbirding tragedy

8:13 pm on 3 May 2013

Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt says he hopes the recommendations of a new report will result in safer Ngai Tahu muttonbirding trips.

In 2012, eight people died when the fishing boat Easy Rider sank while on a muttonbirding trip in Foveaux Strait.

A Transport Accident Investigation Commission report says Maritime New Zealand should create a database of the safety records belonging to all New Zealand sea vessels.

It also recommends the organisation further promote the benefits of life jackets, flares, and improved communication systems.

Mr Shadbolt says he, Ngai Tahu, and Maritime New Zealand all want to see safety on the water improved in the future.

Mr Shadbolt says he's confident Maritime New Zealand will act on the report's findings.