Police urge for safety on water

POLICE are urging boaties to play it safe on the water over Easter.

Jet ski owners, in particular, need to be aware of new regulations that came into effect this year.

Queensland State Water Police coordinator Inspector David Kolb said the new laws included all personal water crafts maintaining a 30m distance from other moving vessels whenever they are travelling at more than 10 knots.

He said Easter was a great time for boaties to take a closer look at their craft.

"Easter is always a busy time with school holidays coinciding with the last opportunity to enjoy warm weather before winter, and the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race attracting a large spectator fleet," Insp Kolb said.

He said good precautions included checking the boat's battery, basic mechanical inspection - especially when the boat may not have been used for some time - and logging on and off with a volunteer marine organisation.

Water police will be conducting RBT operations, enforcing marine regulations and conducting safety equipment audits over the holiday period.



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