Urgent message to boaters heading out on Alpine Waters for start of boating and trout seasons

7 September 2017

Boaters are advised to navigate with extra caution on all NSW alpine waters as strong winds have disrupted the Roads and Maritime Services network of aids to navigation.

Roads and Maritime Services Executive Director Maritime Angus Mitchell said Roads and Maritime is carrying out an urgent audit of the navigation markers in Lake Jindabyne and other alpine waters, including Lake Eucumbene, after winds on Sunday caused a significant number of these markers to move out of place.

“It is crucial all boaters are informed about this, especially as the boating and trout seasons are set to start in three weeks and it is unlikely all navigation markers will be back in place by then,” Mr Mitchell said.

“Cardinal marks, special marks and isolated danger marks were affected meaning boaters need to take extra care, travel at a safe speed and keep a proper lookout.

“It could take up to six weeks to have all the navigation markers reinstated by the time those which are missing or damaged are accounted for, ordered and reinstated.

“In the meantime, temporary aids to navigation may be installed but this could also take a couple of weeks.

“Until then, boat operators on all alpine waters are reminded to check current weather forecasts and to be mindful of variable water levels which may fluctuate due to snow melt.

“It is important to remind people heading out on alpine waters anyone on board a vessel smaller than 4.8 metres must wear an appropriate lifejacket at all times.

“Anyone wishing to report a displaced or malfunctioning navigation aid can call the Roads and Maritime Infoline seven days a week from 8.30am to 4.30pm on 13 12 36.”

For more information on boating safety, visit http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/maritime/

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