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Police patrol dam boaties

The Fairbairn Dam will be patrolled by Emerald police and Yeppoon Water police, seen here in an SES flood boat during a recent exercise, to reduce the number of boaties getting into trouble.
The Fairbairn Dam will be patrolled by Emerald police and Yeppoon Water police, seen here in an SES flood boat during a recent exercise, to reduce the number of boaties getting into trouble.

BOATERS are being warned by police to take safety precautions when out on the dam after a spate of boaties being left stranded on the water in recent months.

At 4.20pm Thursday, March 24, police received information by mobile phone that a male and female were stranded in the middle of Fairbairn Dam after their boat had broken down. The boat did not have flares or lights to attract attention.

Police attended the dam and with assistance from Lake Maraboon Caravan Park manager, management from Camp Fairbairn and a number of residents, commenced a search of the dam in private vessels.

The two people were located at 5.40pm without further incident and were towed back to shore.

Emerald officer in charge Senior Sergeant Graeme Reeves said it was the ninth occurrence since the start of the year of boats breaking down or running out of fuel on the dam.

“Due to the dam covering such a large area and is currently at maximum capacity, people using the dam must ensure they have sufficient safety equipment on board and perform regular maintenance of their vessels,” he said.

“Furthermore, we advise that boaters should let people on land know where they are going and their estimated time they are due back due to the size of the dam. Police in conjunction with water police from Yeppoon will be conducting water enforcement patrols on the dam in coming weeks on a random basis.”

Random breath tests and vessel checks will be conducted during the patrols, he said.

“Police will also be enforcing the six-knot zone and restricted areas of the dam,” he added.

“The dam is a great place of recreation for the community of Emerald and this enforcement action will be taken to ensure that it is not spoilt by a small majority.”


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