Safety warning for boaters in Alpine lakes

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Boaters are advised to remain vigilant and be extremely cautious in the Alpine Lakes region due to lower than usual water levels.

The Member for Monaro John Barilaro said the lower water level means previously navigable waters may now be hazardous due to rocks below the surface and exposed outcrops.

“The start of the trout season will see many more boats out on the lake fishing in the beautiful Alpine Waters but the lower than normal water levels have created a number of hazards which may not be obviously visible from the surface,” Mr Barilaro said.

“Last weekend Roads and Maritime marked several areas at Lake Eucumbene to warn boaters of potential hazards, but given the size of the lake it’s impossible for each and every one to be marked.

“Skippers are urged to navigate with caution at all times particularly in the alpine environment which is unique with its rapidly changing water levels and extreme weather conditions.”

Mr Barilaro said Alpine Waters refers to areas including all navigable waters within the Kosciuszko National Park, including Blowering and Talbingo Reservoirs along with Lake Burrinjuck, Lake Eucumbene and Lake Jindabyne among others.

“All navigable waters within Alpine waters present their own unique boating challenges and while several hazards have been marked, water levels fluctuate and more hazards may develop just under the surface,” Mr Barilaro said.

“The higher altitude means weather often changes quickly, so proper trip preparation and continuous monitoring of the weather when you are out on the water is essential.

“Skippers should take note of any warnings issued and be prepared to change plans if necessary.

“Wearing a lifejacket is also compulsory for all occupants of boats under 4.8 meters and when wearing waders on alpine waters.”

Media: Belinda Strahorn 62994899

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