Water Police from across the state will target new regulations which came into effect this year as part of their Easter operations on Queensland waterways.
Crews from the 11 Water Police establishments from Thursday Island to the Gold Coast will be out in force conducting RBT operations, enforcing marine regulations and conducting safety equipment audits over the holiday period.
State Water Police Coordinator Inspector David Kolb said Easter was traditionally a popular time on the water.
“Easter is always a busy time with school holidays coinciding with the last opportunity to enjoy warm weather before winter, and the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race attracting a large spectator fleet,” Inspector Kolb said.
Inspector Kolb said officers will be paying particular attention to new stowage requirements for safety equipment and new laws for personal water crafts.
“New laws which came into effect this year include personal water crafts such as jet skis maintaining a 30-metre distance from other moving vessels whenever they are travelling at more than 10 knots,” he said.
Water Police will be conducting patrols at beaches, off the coast and inland areas such popular dams and rivers.
Boaties are being urged to take basic precautions before venturing out on the water.
“This includes checking the boat’s battery, a basic mechanical inspection especially when the boat may not have been used for some time and logging on and off with a volunteer marine organisation,” he said.
Gladstone Water Police are warning recreational users to take particular caution in Gladstone Harbour due to heavy vessel traffic and recent changes to navigation channels and mooring buoys.
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