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Roads and Maritime Services weighs in on a young girl’s river safety pleas

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February 07, 2018

FOLLOWING a call from a nine-year-old girl to be safe on the Murray River, the managing body has encouraged all river users to use ‘‘sound judgement’’.

FOLLOWING a call from a nine-year-old girl to be safe on the Murray River, the managing body has encouraged all river users to use ‘‘sound judgement’’.

Roads and Maritime Services told the Riv although there are no formal rules which monitor where floaters can and can’t go, they encourage water safety.

In a Facebook post by waterski company iwaterski.com.au the young girl, known as Georgia, pleaded for floaters to stay away from danger spots on the river at Echuca-Moama.

But a few people weren’t happy, saying the river is for everyone to use and RMS agreed to an extent.

‘‘NSW waterways are open for all users unless an activity is specifically prohibited,’’ an RMS spokesperson said.

‘‘Where there are no formal rules, Roads and Maritime Services encourages water users to act safely, use sound judgement, and be respectful to others in the area.’’

The spokesperson said for operators of powered vessels all safety rules must be obeyed.

‘‘Such as wearing life jackets, speed restrictions and licensing requirements,’’ they said.

‘‘Fines apply to masters of vessels and owners who fail to comply. Boating Safety Officers were out in force during the Australia Day long weekend, speaking with thousands of people across NSW to promote safe boating.

‘‘Offences detected included irregular riding, not wearing a lifejacket while being towed, not wearing a lifejacket on a vessel and causing excessive wash.

‘‘By following the rules and learning to share the water, boating will continue to be an enjoyable activity for everyone.’’

iwaterski.com.au owner Josh Emonson said the message he wanted to convey was one of safety.

‘‘I want everyone to have fun and enjoy the river and I wanted to send a message to people via my Facebook page of safety.

‘‘To avoid a dangerous situation and to keep everyone safe out on the river when driving a vessel we must go slow near other vessels and people in the water and please don’t block the river.’’

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