Boat owners and skippers are advised to keep clear of flood affected waterways which are impacting much of NSW, according to Roads and Maritime Services.
Maritime Acting Manager Boating Safety and Regional Operations Craig Whitmore said there were severe weather and flood warnings current. The severe weather warning is for the Riverina, Upper Western, Australian Capital Territory, South Coast, Illawarra, Central West Slopes & Plains, South West Slopes, Snowy Mountains, Lower Western, Southern Tablelands and Central Tablelands forecast districts.
There are also flood warnings for rivers including the following:
· Peel-Namoi Rivers
· Murrumbidgee River
· Culgoa-Bokhara-Narran Rivers
· Warrego River· Paroo River
· Barwon-Darling Rivers
· Murray River upstream of Hume Weir.
'Other waterways may be affected as well and my advice is for people to take extreme care with any waterways, anywhere in the State, where rivers are or have been in flood, or where heavy rain has fallen recently,' Mr Whitmore said.
'Flooded rivers carry a lot of debris and there will be navigation markers that are out of position as well as sand banks and obstructions that may have shifted. Skippers are advised to keep clear of any waterways in flood. Only vessels used for emergency situations should be out on such waters.
'Owners of vessels on moorings should ensure the mooring apparatus is serviceable and check all lines to ensure it can meet increased flows within the rivers. The impact of such heavy rain in the catchments can remain for days, weeks, or even months on our inland waterways.'
Every skipper is responsible for the safety of their boat and the people on board.
For flood advice, go to http://www.ses.nsw.gov.au/community-safety/floodsafe/
Significant navigation hazards and damaged or missing navigation markers should be reported to the Maritime Info Line 13 12 56 (open business hours, seven days a week).
For emergency assistance call the SES on telephone number 132 500.
For life threatening emergencies, call 000 immediately.
by NSW Roads and Maritime Services
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