Water police patrol

BOATIES BEWARE: Gladstone Water Police Sergeant Jeff Bernett, Constable Matt Habermann and Constable John Kernan.
BOATIES BEWARE: Gladstone Water Police Sergeant Jeff Bernett, Constable Matt Habermann and Constable John Kernan. Christopher Chan GLABOAT

GLADSTONE Water Police are warning recreational boat users to take particular caution in Gladstone Harbour over Easter.

Water police from across the state will target new regulations, which came into effect this year, as part of their Easter operations.

Gladstone police are urging extra caution due to heavy vessel traffic and recent changes to navigation channels and mooring buoys in the region.

Crews will be out in force performing RBT operations, enforcing marine regulations and doing safety equipment audits over the holiday period

State Water Police co-ordinator Inspector David Kolb said Easter was traditionally a popular time on the water.

Inspector Kolb said officers would 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 30m distance from other moving vessels whenever they are travelling at more than 10 knots," he said.

Water police will be patrolling beaches, off the coast and inland areas such as dams and rivers.

Topics:  gladstone harbour, patrol, water police



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