Holidaymakers urged to play it safe on dams during Easter

02 Mar 2008

Holidaymakers heading to some of the State’s dams this Easter have been urged to play it safe due to low water levels brought on by drought.

SunWater has advised that the lack of traditional Summer inflows has left some dams at extremely low levels prompting a warning to boaties, anglers and campers of submerged hazards.

A SunWater spokesperson many dams were well below normal dam levels due to drought.

The spokesperson encouraged people to take time out to enjoy the dam’s waterways, but urged them to use caution and be aware of the risks.

“Dams are great places to bring the family for the holidays and we encourage people to enjoy what’s on offer, but at the same time take care to make it the fun it should be,” he said.

“There is some concern that visitors may disregard risks such as submerged stumps and rocks near the shoreline.

“Whether a dam is full, half full or empty, submerged hazards such as stumps and rocks are always present and can injure water skiers, boaties or swimmers.

“All we ask is that people show due care and attention when using dam waterways to ensure their holiday does not end in injury or worse - a tragedy.

“It only takes general commonsense to play it safe on the water.

“Boaties need to keep well clear of swimmers, only tow skiers in deeper areas of the lake and never venture too close to dam and weir walls.

“Swimmers should be careful not to outswim their abilities, check depths before diving and always keep away from stumped areas that contain lake debris.

“Common injuries recorded this year include fishermen falling overboard, swimmers being run over by boats and jet-skis, people being washed over weirs in inflatable rafts and serious cuts and broken bones occurring while intoxicated - all of which could have been prevented by showing some commonsense,” he said.

People could log on to www.sunwater.com or call 131589 for more information on dam facilities and conditions.

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