May 032010


Maritime New Zealand has released its report into the collision between the
Auckland Coastguard vessel Rescue Alpha and a recreational personal water craft PWC 911, also known as a jet ski, on 13 June 2009. As a result of the collision the rider of the PWC 911 fractured her ankle and several ribs.

The PWC 911 was extensively damaged and has been “written off” as being uneconomical to repair.

Says Maritime New Zealand: “The overarching causation was determined as being the way the master of the Rescue Alpha applied the ‘stand on’ requirements contained in Maritime Rule 22.17. It was also determined that the lookout maintained by the rider of PWC 911 was not adequate to account for vessels not involved in the race event that were approaching side on, abeam.

As a result of the investigation the following recommendations have been made:

• The master and crew of the Rescue Alpha involved in the collision be assessed and/or retrained in the rules and practices relevant to collision prevention.

• NZJSBA to review pre-race briefings given to race participants on their obligations under Maritime Rules Part 22 and make changes in light of this accident where necessary; briefings to ensure that participants are aware of the visibility and hearing restrictions caused by wearing a helmet and actions required to ensure a proper
lookout is maintained.

• The findings of this investigation be considered in any review of the training delivered by the Royal New Zealand Coastguard, and any review of training delivered to masters and crews of DRVs carried out under Maritime Rules Part 35 approval.

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