Floods trigger boating hazard

BOATERS have been warned to take care on South Coast waterways after a large number of navigation aids including buoys and channel markers were washed out of place by floodwaters.

Navigation markers have been washed off stations from St Georges Basin, Sussex Inlet and Jervis Bay, including about 50 from the Shoalhaven River.

“This means boaters in these areas will not have hazards such as shallow areas or rocky outcrops marked,” said Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) acting director maritime Michael Wright.

“Skippers should navigate with extra caution for this reason and consult maps of the area. RMS Boating Safety Officers are working to reinstate navigation markers as soon as possible.

“Anyone heading out in a boat should be aware of the increased potential for floating or submerged debris and hazards in the water.

Members of the public who find markers out of location should call 

13 12 56.