Of 13 marine deaths last year nearly all were preventable

THERE were 724 marine incidents involving 945 vessels in Queensland waters last year resulting in 13 fatalities and 135 people being injured.

Of the 13 deaths, in separate marine incidents, eight involved recreational vessels and five involved commercial vessels.

The annual report into marine incidents, which was tabled in State Parliament on Monday, revealed the most common form of incidents were collisions (37%), capsizing, flooding and swamping incidents (15%) and groundings (20%).

Furthermore, the report found that one in every 15 incidents resulted in a fatality, hospital admission or both.

Department of Transport and Main Roads Director General Neil Scales said nearly all of the deaths last year were preventable.

"Analysis of the fatal incidents importantly concluded that only one of the 13 fatalities last year could reasonably be considered a sheer mishap," he said.

"With respect to the other 12 incidents there was much that was foreseeable and avoidable.

"As in the past, the circumstances surrounding many of the fatal incidents suggest that it is likely that many of these incidents would have ended differently if those involved had been wearing a life jacket."

Mr Scales said 65% of those killed or injured were not in charge of the vessel at the time of the incident.

"Our ultimate objective which is to engender a safety culture committed to constantly improving standards, values and outcomes," he said.

"Critical to this goal is the need for individuals to take greater responsibility for their own safety."



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