RMS issues warning to boaters in Mulwala and Bundalong

22 March 2013

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has issued a warning to boaters in the Mulwala and Bundalong area to avoid heading out on the water during the weekend due to a large amount of debris in the water after recent severe weather.

RMS Maritime Acting Principal Manager South Mike Hammond said it was unclear how much damage had been sustained to local boats and boating infrastructure after the tornado swept through the area last night.

“RMS Boating Safety Officers (BSOs)are inspecting damage and will be out along the Murray River and local inland waterways during the weekend,” Mr Hammond said.

“If it is necessary to go out on the water in the next couple of days, RMS recommends skippers navigate with caution and avoid sports which require towing such as water skiing or wake boarding. Use of personal watercraft should also be avoided until it is safe to do so.

“As well as there being trees and other debris in the water presenting a hazard to navigation, it is possible many navigation aids such as channel markers have been misplaced.

“RMS is working with Goulburn-Murray Water to ensure signage is displayed at local boat ramps to warn boat owners about the risks of entering the water.

“Members of the public who find a navigation marker out of location should call 131256. BSOs will be working to reinstate these as soon as possible,” Mr Hammond said.

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