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Recreational users urged to take care at Lake Eppalock
« on: February 18, 2015, 10:27:04 PM »
Recreational users urged to take care at Lake Eppalock
Wednesday 18 February, 2015 - G-M Water


 

Additional signs have been installed at Lake Eppalock boat ramps reminding
 recreational users to be aware of hazards when boating and skiing on the water storage.

Goulburn-Murray Water (GMW) Head of Customer Services and Operations Daniel Irwin said
 with low or no inflows into Lake Eppalock during spring and summer, water levels were
 declining.

“This means that it’s important for everyone to be more aware of hazards, such as trees, that
 may be just below or above the water surface,” Mr Irwin said.

“GMW has received reports of boats being damaged by hazards that are emerging in areas at
 Lake Eppalock so we urge users to take extra caution and keep a lookout for these hazards
 while operating on the waterway.

“Maritime Safety Victoria (MSV), the state’s maritime safety regulator, and GMW have signs at
 boat ramps at all of our storages where boating and skiing are popular, warning of hazards and
 speed restrictions. However, the onus is always on recreational vessel operators to drive
 appropriately to conditions.

“With this current run of hot days we know GMW water storages will be popular places to visit
 and stay cool.

“By doing the right thing, obeying all hazard and speed restriction signs and looking out for each
 other, everyone can enjoy a safe and relaxing time.”

MSV Director Maritime Safety Peter Corcoran said boaters should adopt a safety first approach
 on Lake Eppalock.

“We are asking boaters to keep a proper lookout at all times for other vessels and be aware of
 submerged hazards,” Mr Corcoran said.

“It is equally important that boaters stick to the designated speed and distance rules. On most
 inland waterway, such as Lake Eppalock, this means observing a five knot limit within 50 metres
 of the water's edge, and the five knot speed limits in the many -bays, inlets and river arms.

“We are also reminding boaters to ensure they have the relevant safety equipment before they
 head out. This includes making lifejackets available to everyone onboard the vessel.”
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