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July 14th, 2018 by admin

Enjoy water sports safely

As the weather wams up and river users head back out on the water, they should keep safety and courtesy in mind, a boating and recreation group suggests.
Nanjing Night Net

The River Murray Boating and Recreation Advisory Group (RMBRAG) has launched its 2016-17 campaign, which will once again promote the right behaviour on social media using the hashtag #murrayriverlife.

Signage will also be erected at more than 70 boat ramps and hazardous areas along the river, including in the Mid Murray, Murray Bridge and Coorong districts.

RMBRAG chairman Adam Bruce said a survey of more than 400 people had clearly indicated public awareness of safe boating behaviour needed to improve.

The beginning of the boating season was the perfect time to start by checking safety equipment and reading the group’s River Murray code of conduct.

“We believe this presents a fantastic opportunity to increase awareness of river safety, particularly the wearing of life jackets, or PFDs; operation of jetskis; and understanding the impact of boat wake on other vessels and the environment,” he said.

“The river has really come to life with the latest fresh flows.

“We encourage all river users to get out there and enjoy safety as the warmer weather arrives.”

The issue is serious: after all, 280 people drowned in Australian waterways in 2015-16, including 13 in South Australia, according to Royal Life Saving’s national drowning report.

A quarter were swimming or playing in the water and 21 per cent were using a boat or watercraft at the time.

Inland waterways remained the leading location of drownings.

Royal Life Saving recommended wearing a life jacket, avoiding alcohol around water, never swimming alone and learning how to save a life.

Cardiac disease and epilepsy were also risk factors.

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