Boaties towing others on Waikato waterways are being reminded to follow basic navigation rules to help ensure they keep themselves, friends and family safe while biscuiting, waterskiing or wakeboarding.
A fatality and two serious injuries in the Waikato this month have highlighted the potential consequences of not following basic navigation safe rules when towing said Waikato Regional Council navigation safety programme manager Nicole Botherway.
“These sorts of incidents have life changing effects. I still find it incredible that some people will use areas reserved for swimming and paddling for towing or jet skiing.”
Mrs Botherway said boaties could help avoid mishaps by adhering to the following rules:
Mrs Botherway said the general level of safety precautions taken by Waikato water users so far this summer has been good. The navigation safety team had seen a visible increase in people using the jetski and towing lanes specifically designed for them.
“So, as the saying goes, enjoy the thrills but know the rules,” said Mrs Botherway.
For more information go to www.waikatoregion.govt.nz/navigation or call freephone 0800 800 401.