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Doing things as soon as practicable

    The following are to be taken into account in determining whether a maritime officer has done something as soon as practicable under this Part:

  (a)   the location of the place where a person is arrested or detained;

  (b)   the weather conditions at the time;

  (c)   the means of transport available;

  (d)   the need to proceed or continue with the exercise of powers under this Act;

  (e)   the need to ensure the safety of a vessel, installation or aircraft;

  (f)   the need to take action to:

  (i)   protect human life, animal life or the environment; or

  (ii)   aid a vessel in distress; or

  (iii)   obtain medical assistance for any person.

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