Father of Adam Pearson, who died on Lake Eildon in May, wants compulsory third-party insurance for recreational boating and water users.By Riahn Smith
The father of man who died during a fishing trip at Bonnie Doon is campaigning for a financial safety net for those injured or killed on waterways.
Chris Pearson’s son Adam died in May while fishing on Lake Eildon.
He left behind partner Venessa Lucas and two daughters — Ciara, 8 and Madasen, 2.
This month Mr Pearson launched a petition to highlight the need for compulsory third-party insurance for recreational boating and water users.
He said the sudden death of his son — the family’s primary breadwinner — had caused financial strain for his loved ones.
‘‘I didn’t know Adam wouldn’t have been covered by insurance while out fishing until I had to speak to the bank about getting additional finances to cover the funeral costs,’’ Mr Pearson said. ‘‘We thought because he was paying boat registration and licensing fees he’d be covered like you are with car registration and the TAC. To find out he wasn’t was a big shock.’’
Mr Pearson said he hoped the petition would add weight to discussions between state and territory governments to introduce a National Injury Insurance Scheme.
‘‘It’s not going to do anything for Venessa and the girls, but if I can put something together to prevent other families going through the same anguish that we did, then it’ll have been worthwhile,’’ he said.
‘‘No scheme is going to bring anyone back or make up for any injuries, but if people are out fishing or boating, they’ve got the peace of mind that should something tragic happen, at least their wives and children may have some sort of assistance.’’
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