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Police jump for safer boating

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 13/10/2016

A group of uniformed police officers will jump into a cold Wellington Harbour to highlight the need for boaties to wear life jackets.

The plunge on Friday is in support of Safer Boating Week and among those taking it will be Senior Sergeant Dave Houston.

He says the key message of the week is "prep, check, know".

"Prep your boat, check your gear and know the rules before you go boating," he said.

Sen Sgt Houston and his first four colleagues won't be wearing their lifejackets for the jump, but will be carrying them and then trying to put them on while in the water.

"Wearing a lifejacket is the single most important thing you can do to avoid tragedy if you accidentally end up in the water," he said.

"In a stressful situation, trying to navigate putting a lifejacket on can put you into even more danger."

Five key points of the Boating Safety Code:

- Wear your lifejacket,

- Be a responsible skipper,

- Check your communications,

- Check the marine weather forecast,

- Avoid alcohol.

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