What to do in an emergency

Most emergencies on the water can be avoided by good seamanship. However, they can happen on even the best maintained vessels so you need to be equipped to handle them.

  • Always dial 000 in an emergency
  • If an incident has occurred but you are not in immediate danger, report it to Victoria Police on 1800 135 729

Not only do you need to carry safety equipment on board, you must know how to use it, particularly your marine radio, distress beacon and flares

Make sure you know what to do in the event of a boat fire, man overboard and having to abandon your vessel.

You should also be able to recognise the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning and how to reduce the impacts of cold water immersion and seasickness.

Finally, you need to be aware of your legal responsibilities in terms of reporting marine incidents and accidents.

Reviewing and practising emergency procedures should be part of your boating habits.

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