Water police plan Easter blitz

WATER Police will enforce new regulations as part of their Easter patrols on the region's dams and rivers.

Crews from the 11 Water Police establishments from Thursday Island to the Gold Coast will be out in force conducting RBT operations, enforcing marine regulations and conducting safety equipment audits over the holiday period.

State Water Police co-ordinator Inspector David Kolb said Easter was traditionally a popular time on the water.

Insp Kolb said officers would pay particular attention to new stowage requirements for safety gear and new laws for jet skis.

"New laws which came into effect this year include personal water craft such as jet skis maintaining a 30m distance from other moving vessels whenever they are travelling at more than 10 knots," he said.

Boaties were being urged to take basic precautions before venturing out on the water.



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