Boaters advised to navigate with caution on Lake Mulwala
23 May 2013
Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has warned boaters to navigate with extra care on Lake Mulwala from late May when the seasonal draw down of the lake is scheduled to take place.
RMS Maritime Principal Manager South Craig Whitmore said RMS recommends skippers navigate with caution and keep a proper look out as conditions on the lake will change.
“Skippers are advised to keep to a safe speed and travel only in the marked navigation channel to avoid colliding with submerged objects or dislodged debris which can become a navigation hazard,” Mr Whitmore said.
“The lake will be lowered by five to ten centimetres daily to allow for maintenance of the weir.
“Skippers are also reminded of lifejacket requirements. Lifejackets need to be worn during any towing activities, such as water skiing and when in paddle craft more than 100 metres from the shore.
“Anyone boating alone on a boat less than 4.8 metres long also needs to wear a lifejacket at all times.
“If in doubt, put on a lifejacket – it can’t save your life if you’re not wearing it,” Mr Whitmore said.
For more information:
- Offshore boating safety
- Live vision of bar crossings
- Official forecast
- BoM maritime-specific advice
- Boating safety images
CONTACT: Roads and Maritime Services Media Unit: 8588 5999