Time-difference a worry for Coastguard
THE end of daylight saving means Kingscliff Coastguard volunteers can stop worrying about confused boaties who seem lost at sea, but have really just lost an hour.
Queensland boaties reporting their return times to the Kingscliff Coastguard sometimes are thinking on Queensland time and unless they clarify what time zone they are talking about, the Coastguard can be left wondering where the boaties are.
Kingscliff Coastguard duty officer Ben Engeman yesterday said the end of daylight saving definitely eased confusion for boaties reporting their return times.
"Being so close to the border, we do have problems with the times we are given," he said.
Despite the coastguard volunteers' best efforts to sort out what time zone each boatie is working on, mix-ups can occur.
If a Queensland boatie says he'll be back at the Cudgen Creek entrance at 2pm without specifying which time zone, the Coastguard might be expecting him at 2pm NSW time, which is 1pm Queensland time.
So while the boatie is hauling in a fish, yarning with his mates or motoring to a fishing spot, he might not hear a radio or pick up a phone call from the Coastguard checking on his safety and asking why he's late. It has happened.
Mr Engeman said that occasionally water police had been notified of a missing boatie when in fact that boatie was ... a Queenslander. - ED SOUTHORN