Safety on Pontoons
01 March 2017
Last week one of our customers fell between his boat and the pontoon finger in the Westwey Road marina. Unable to get himself out of the water despite desparate attempts, suffering from shock and the cold, he was lucky that his shouts for help were heard by another boat owner and the Weymouth Marina staff.
The following points should be considered:
• Do you know where the nearest escape ladder is to your boat?
• Is it worth leaving a ladder lowered on the stern of your boat in harbour if you have one?
• Think about following the harbour staff’s example by wearing a lifejacket at all times on the pontoons.
A customer has also suggested that it could be helpful to know where the closest vessel is with a bathing platform etc. on the stern as this could be used in an emergency to get out.
Act now to ensure you do not find yourself in the same position.