Boaties are being urged to check and maintain safety gear and equipment after engine failure forced a Broome family to be towed to safety.
Broome Volunteer Sea Rescue was called into action on January 4 – the first mission for 2013 – when it received a distress call from a man stuck in his 4.75 metre aluminum boat.
He was crabbing in Dampier Creek with another adult and three children when the motor refused to start because of electrical problems.
The man managed to make a distress call from a mobile and the vessel was towed back to the boat ramp at Town Beach.
Broome Volunteer Sea Rescue commander Colin Kenworthy said the start of the year was an ideal time to check on the condition and storage of safety gear and maintenance of all boating equipment.“It’s about using vacation time wisely to double check all of the safety gear before the boating season comes up mid-year,” he said.