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Last Updated: Wednesday March 23 2005 16:23 GMT

Keeping safe on boats


• Plan your trip carefully - remember to leave your trip details with friends or family ashore. If you're then overdue there is someone to alert the Coastguard!

• Triple check the weather, safety equipment and your boat before you set sail - make sure you have a correct lifejacket on board for each person and that each person wears the life jacket at all times.

• Always carry spare fuel or a paddle, water and food - just in case you are caught short.

• Sail within your limits and ability.

• Make sure everyone on board knows how to use the boat's safety equipment.

• Ensure you have an appropriate means of communication should the worst happen and you find you need to contact the Coastguard.