Police pleased with behaviour

Water police said boaties were mostly well behaved during the May Day weekend.
Water police said boaties were mostly well behaved during the May Day weekend.

BOATIES were on their best behaviour over the May Day weekend according to police.

Yeppoon Water Police were in town over the long weekend conducting Operation Berseker at Fairbairn Dam.

The water police intercepted 53 vessels and randomly breath tested 47 boaties.

The highest blood alcohol reading recorded was 0.037%.

Eight marine infringement notices were issued ranging from operating an unregistered boat, towing a skier without an observer and insufficient safety equipment.

Sergeant Shawn Halson and Senior Constable Troy Welsh were among the officers conducting patrols on the dam, using special policing equipment never before used in the Central Highlands, including the new laser speed detection system which was put to good use with one speeding ticket.

The water police weren’t just there to uphold marine laws, also coming to the rescue of stranded boaters by helping recover a ski boat that had broken down.

The operations came to an end just as a community safety warning regarding reckless and dangerous behaviour was issued by SunWater.

SunWater general manager safety, strategy and risk, Tom Vanderbyl said personal safety must be at the forefront of everyone’s minds as most dams were at 100% capacity.

Reports from dam and weir operators have noted an increase in reckless and dangerous actions by some visitors such as refusing to adhere to safety rules and not following police directions.

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