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Jet ski rescue a ‘timely reminder’ of dangers
Rockingham Volunteer Sea Rescue officer Graham Colledge

Sea lovers have been implored to check their vessels and equipment before hitting the water this summer after Rockingham Volunteer Sea Rescue Group was kept busy at the weekend rescuing four jet skiers who broke down at sea.

Group public relations officer Graham Colledge said the jet skiers had left from the Port Kennedy boat ramp and the alarm was raised when they did not return.

“On Sunday water police received a call from a concerned person about four persons aboard a jet ski which had not returned but no time was given of the persons leaving the boat ramp,” he said.

“We commenced our search after being contacted in our rescue vessel as well as land-based observers.

From visual observations made by land-based observers the rescue vessel was guided to the persons drifting and was able to take them onboard and tow the craft to Port Kennedy.”

Mr Colledge said the cause of the jet ski break down was fuel contamination and it was a timely reminder about vessel maintenance and the dangers associated with not checking a vessel before heading out on the water.

“The situation would have been a lot worse if no one had known where these people were going so it’s very important to inform someone where you’re going and when you’re coming back,” he said.

“The festive season is upon us and is a reminder to make sure your vessel maintenance is up to date, discard any old fuel, check your radio, flares, life jackets, EPIRB battery et cetera.”