Police active on the water as HookUp begins

WITH the 2014 Boyne Tannum HookUp underway on Friday, Gladstone Water Police were out and about to ensure safety was at the forefront of everyone's minds out on the water.

Officer in charge of Gladstone Water Police Acting Sergeant Neale Whalley said the majority of boaties had been sticking to the legal requirements.

"It hasn't been too bad because the weather blew up a bit and not a great deal of boats went out," he said.

Two infringement notices were handed out to boat owners on Friday, one for an unlicensed operator and one for an unregistered vessel.

Acting Sgt Whalley said he expected numbers of boats to surge on Saturday, and reminded competitors his team would maintain a presence to ensure the HookUp went off without a hitch.

"We'll be checking registrations, licensing, breath testing and checking safety equipment," he said.

The local water police team were joined by Department of Fisheries staff and even Customs officers.



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