Lifejackets and Rockfishing - Discussion Paper

The Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Michael Gallacher, is inviting submissions to a discussion paper on the wearing of lifejackets by rock fishers.

Each year a significant number of unnecessary deaths occur in and around our coastal environment. Evidence shows that rock fishers who wear a lifejacket are far more likely to survive if swept off the rocks.

This discussion paper outlines the issues and seeks input from stakeholders and interested parties and includes a survey which can be submitted online.

Surf Life Saving NSW CEO and a member of the Water Safety Advisory Council, Phil Vanny, says there has been considerable efforts made to address the rock fishing drowning toll, through education programs, working with recreational fishing groups, issuing dangerous surf warnings and encouraging the use of lifejackets.

"Surf Life Saving NSW recently rescued a rock fisher who had survived for almost one hour in the water. He was wearing a life jacket. The life jacket saved his life," said Phil Vanny.

Submissions close on 30 September 2013 and can made via Have Your Say or sent to:

Wearing of Lifejackets by Rock Fishers
Ministry for Police and Emergency Services
GPO Box 5341 SYDNEY NSW 2001

Tue 27 Aug 2013