Comedy delivery on serious message

Nathan and Milan’s boating safety video is on Facebook. Photo: Supplied.

Move over Air New Zealand, the Big Angry Fish Boys Milan and Nathan have made their own ‘BIG' safety video in time for the busy summer boating season.

The light-hearted video follows the familiar inflight safety format, but has a serious message for boaties to play it safe on the water.

The tongue-in-cheek video sees the boys up a creek, checking they're ready to hit the ocean. Lifejackets zipped up, a VHF in the forward compartment to call for help – the boys cover the key safety tips boaties need to know.

“It'll take you less than two minutes to get clued-up before you hit the water this summer,” says Maritime NZ Director Keith Manch. “And if you know it all already, watch it anyway - it's a good refresher.”

The two-minute video has been released as good boating weather arrives around New Zealand. “We know that if the sun's shining, Kiwis will be out on the water – we're a nation of boaties,” says Keith.

“We're asking people to take two waterproof ways to call for help. A VHF radio is a great first choice. You might also want to consider a distress beacon.”

Eighty-six percent of boaties take lifejackets with them on their boats, and 76% now wear their lifejackets all or most of the time on the water, according to Maritime NZ's 2017 survey of boaties.

So buckle up your life jacket, grab a VHF radio and get ready for fun on the water this summer.



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