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Learn the rules before going out on the water - reader urges

Great Keppel Island.
Great Keppel Island. Contributed

Spending every day out on the water at Great Keppel Island, I am alarmed by the amount of boat users who are clearly unaware of the rules that all recreational and commercial vessels and watercraft should follow.

This was most apparent during the school holidays. Great numbers of people venture out to the island on small boats and jet skis, however, their lack of responsibility for safety of themselves and others is alarming.

It is obvious from their behaviour that they either do not know the rules or do not care. So this is a friendly reminder for those people to slow down.

The regulations stipulate a distance of 30m and max 6 knots for vessels and a distance of 60m and max 6 knots for watercraft (such as jet skis), around any moored or anchored craft or people in the water. Flying an Alpha Flag (half white half blue) means people or divers are in the water, keep well clear at low speed. \

Following the recent accident involving a young lady falling from the front of a small inflatable and being severely injured by the propellor, I think this is a timely reminder for us all to think about the safety of ourselves and others out on the water. We all want to have fun out there, let's do it safely.

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