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Requesting assist ance

  (1)   A maritime officer may request the assistance of any other person (including an officer of another country).

  (2)   The request may include a request to:

  (a)   operate a vessel, aircraft or installation in a particular manner; or

  (b)   operate machinery or equipment on a vessel, aircraft, installation or land in a particular manner; or

  (c)   search a person; or

  (d)   assist the officer to access data held in, or accessible from, a n electronic device that is on a vessel, aircraft, installation or land.

  (3)   Subsection   ( 2) does not limit subsection   ( 1).

  (4 )   The person may refuse to assist.

  (5 )   If the person agrees to assist, he or she:

  (a)   must follow any directions given by the officer; and

  (b)   is a person assisting .

Use of force by person assisting

  (6 )   A person assisting may use such force against a thing as is necessary and reasonable in the circumstances.

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