Incidents and emergencies
Safety on the water is vitally important. This section provides information on some of the risks you may face while boating, how to reduce them, and what to do in case of an emergency.
Roads and Maritime Services is the primary agency for investigating marine incidents in NSW. This section also provides information on our investigative activities, as well as case studies of incidents and emergencies.
In this section...
Information about the procedures to follow, and communication channels and words to use, in the case of an emergency on the water.
Information about safety measures for the prevention of boating fires on board, and the suitability of biofuels for marine engines.
If someone falls overboard, follow these procedures to get them safely back onboard.
Boat propellers pose a risk that can too easily be ignored, because they’re ‘out of sight and out of mind’.
Falling overboard into the water can lead to the life-threatening conditions of hypothermia and/or cold shock.
What carbon monoxide is, how it is formed, and why it is so dangerous in a boating situation.