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Boaties in their sights

The Gisborne harbourmaster will be checking boaties are sticking to the rules on Saturday.

The harbourmaster and Maritime NZ will be conducting on-the-water safety patrols as part of the Maritime NZ “No Excuses” campaign which is focused on ensuring recreational boaters carry enough lifejackets for all persons on board and abide by the 5 knot speed rules.

The patrol will be done with the assistance of the Ministry of Primary Industries, who will also be conducting fisheries patrols.

“The No Excuses campaign targets recreational boaties who are not carrying lifejackets or who speed on the water,” a GDC statement said.

“If you're a recreational boatie, make sure you're up to speed with our rules and regulations in our Navigation and Safety Bylaw.”

The bylaw can be accessed through the GDC website.

The council also reminded people there were kiosks where people could borrow a life-jacket from its customer service in Fitzherbert Street, the Te Araroa iSite, Tokomaru Bay at the Te Puka Tavern and the Lottin Point Motel.