RSIPF prepares for Safe Boat Operation

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BY SAMIE WAIKORI

THE RSIPF is preparing for the Safe Boat Operation which usually happens during every Christmas season.

Police Commissioner Matthew Varley said that among other operations they will mount this Christmas festive, one is the Safe Boat Operation.

He said police had prepared campaign materials on sea safety precautions and they will distribute them to the communities soon.

Varley said in a message to public during a press conference yesterday that “safety at sea starts with you, so take simple precautions and simple actions to help yourself stay safe at sea”.

According to the campaign materials, the safety points are, “Plan your trip and let your wantoks know where you are going and what time you expect to arrive.

“Check the weather whether on SIBC or call Met Service on 23658 or toll free 933 before going at sea.

“If you start your trip and the weather becomes bad, seek shelter until the sea is claim. Make sure your boat is seaworthy and your OBM is serviced and maintained.

“Know your skipper, make sure they are experienced in driving boats and do not overload your boat.

“Wear life jackets. Take food, water paddles, first aid kit, anchor and rope, mirror to signal others, tools, bucket, torch, phone, flares and EPIRB.

“Take extra fuel. If your skipper is drunk, do not go with them or let them control the boat.

“And if you require help at sea call Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) or call the RSIPF.”

He said they want to see people safe and they want to see no loss of life at sea during the season.

Varley said as part of the operation, police in Honiara and in the provinces will conduct high visibility patrols and checks of sea ports to check on the safety of vessels.

He said police will liaise with other responsible authorities to carry out the operation to ensure the festive season is free from sea incidents.

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