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Severe Weather Warning for Boaties

Severe Weather Warning for Boaties

February 12, 2018

With more severe storms predicted for this evening, boat owners in the South East are being urged to “batten down the hatches” after Water Police attended numerous calls for assistance last night.

Police were tasked to several incidents involving vessels in distress, capsized vessels as well as boats and property which had broken loose in the wild weather.

Two people were rescued off the beach at Tangalooma after their vessel overturned near the wrecks when a severe storm cell struck. The man and woman managed a lucky escape to safety on the shore after the boat beached itself before capsizing.

Earlier, police received a call in relation to a vessel in distress off Green Island after a storm caused its’ sails to rip off and it ran aground. Police managed to contact those on board to confirm they were thankfully all safe and well.

Sergeant Daniel Moyle from Brisbane Water Police said with further storms predicted for this evening, boaties should keep an eye on the weather forecasts before heading out.

“I would also urge boat owners to ensure unattended vessels are properly secured at their mooring and that there is no loose property on board,” Sergeant Moyle said.

Other precautions include:

• Plan your trip or return to safe anchorage for the duration of the storms.
• Monitor weather and remain in a safe place until after the storm has passed.
• Have a plan and let someone know where you are. Including who is on the vessel, details of your plan and details of the vessel.
• If required used extra lines and appropriate anchoring equipment for the type of vessel being secured.

 

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

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