Ex-tropical cyclone Debbie has now passed but the hazard to boating remains. Post cyclonic weather creates a serious risks to safe navigation including missing or relocated navigation aids, changed water depths, stronger currents and submerged hazards washed downstream from creeks and rivers.

With most South East Queensland rivers experiencing flood conditions there is a large amount of debris being washed into Moreton Bay, the Gold Coast Broadwater and coastal waters. To reduce the risk of hitting a submerged object boaties are urged to keep a proper lookout at all times, operate at reduced speeds and avoid boating at night.

Even with the passing of the severe weather system conditions offshore remain dynamic. Large seas off both the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast will make offshore boating unsafe. Boaties need to be particular aware of the risks this poses, especially at bar crossings in Noosa, Mooloolaba, the Gold Coast Seaway, Currumbin Creek and Tweed River.

Boaties are reminded to check weather conditions before heading out, be prepared for sudden unexpected weather changes and make sure they have the appropriate safety equipment on board.

But most importantly, if in doubt – don’t go out.

Regards

Ernie Stewart

Hon.Secretary

Queensland Recreational Boating Council

Mob. 0419 862 897

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