Sarawak Rivers Board (SRB), Sibu branch yesterday warned skippers not to overload their vessels with passengers beyond the number stipulated in the permits issued by the board.
Enforcement officer of the branch Zehegkiel Piree said the board would not hesitate to take action against any boat operator caught violating the conditions in their permit.
He said as a preventive measure SRB personnel were stationed at various strategic locations such as wharves here as well as in Kapit and other places.
Meanwhile, SRB Sibu reminded the public as well as boat operators to exercise caution in view of the expected Gawai Dayak ‘balik kampung’ rush.
Zehegkiel hoped there would be no reports of mishaps involving boats this year, adding that there were some minor cases last year.
Asking the people not to take safety lightly, he said the board’s target was to see zero accidents.
He said, among other things, longboat users should ensure they wore safety jackets.
He also reminded the public not to rush when buying tickets or when boarding vessels.