Hannah's foundation reminder to buckle up on the water too
THE Laidley-founded drowning prevention and awareness charity Hannah's Foundation has likened life jackets to seat belts in its new water safety campaign.
Launching its Life Jackets - Your Seat Belts on the Water campaign at the Seqwater Safety Day at Wivenhoe Dam last Tuesday, the Foundation's Kat Plint said they hoped to raise the bar on awareness this summer to drowning prevention in inland waterways.
"Since 2009 this campaign has only been through our Positive Choices Program but now all the steps are in place and four years later this campaign will be the leading campaign for inland waterways in Queensland," Mrs Plint said.
"I wrote the campaign based on coronial inquests, speaking to the families of victims and designing an effective poster to incorporate the dusk scenario, a rescue helicopter and a dam of water with rescuers."
Mrs Plint, whose daughter Hannah tragically drowned in 2007, said the campaign's slogans "We can't see you if you aren't wearing your life jacket", "Life jackets - your seat belt on the water" and "Just because you can swim doesn't mean you can't drown" were all simple messages of fact.
"People on the water need to realise that a life jacket is the only back-up to supervision on the water. We just can't rely on our swimming skills to save us if a boat capsizes or you fall into water and get into trouble," she said.
The campaign messages are:
1. Never go swimming, fishing or boating alone or without a life jacket
2. Never mix boating, fishing or swimming with alcohol.
3. Inland waterways are dangerous - respect the water.
4. Tell people where you are going and have EPIRBs (emergency position- indicating radio beacons) on board.
5. If you can't see in the water you are in, then rescuers can't find you. Always wear a life jacket in inland waterways.