The National Sea Rescue Institution (NSRI) in Hartbeespoort has urged visitors to the dam to adhere to safety measures when on boats.
“Skippers should be familiar with the dam, because failure to do so might result in tragedy. skippers should drive at a normal speed to avoid accidents,” said Arthur Crewe. “Speeding boats can also cause damage to stationary boats on the water or at the shoreline.”
Skippers and boaters are requested to adhere to the following safety rules:
• Obey the caution signs and signals and stay far away from these signs.
• Look at the weather forecast to avoid bad weather like heavy fog or strong winds.
• Adhere to safety regulations. Wear life jackets and have safety equipment on the boat at all times.
Most common boating accident contributing factors
• Consuming alcohol while driving a boat.
• The skipper should have a valid license. Skippers without a valid license are most likely to get involved in accidents.
• Know the dam and area. A lack of familiarity with the dam can also contribute to accidents.
Crewe said criminal case can be opened if a skipper is found negligent.
People can contact the Hartbeespoort NSRI on 082 990 5961 or the Strategic Response Unit (SRU) rescue unit in Hartbeespoort on 083 781 4491.