Boaties warned of hidden dangers at lakes as water levels drop

WITH water levels falling at some of southeast Queensland’s most popular recreation lakes, swimmers and boaties are being warned of the hidden dangers below the surface.

After an unseasonably dry wet season, Seqwater has warned that lower water levels at some of their lakes have increased the danger of submerged and semi-submerged hazards in the water, such as trees, rocks and fence posts. Seqwater principal compliance officer Amber Blake urged lake users on the water to follow signage and operate their vessels in a cautious and sensible manner to avoid any hazards.

“Some of our popular lakes such as Lake Somerset and Lake Moogerah have gazetted six-knot speed limits to improve public safety in the heavily timbered areas of the lake,” Ms Blake said. “However, outside these areas, people should not get complacent and continue to be wary of hidden underwater hazards, especially while lake levels are decreasing. If you hit a submerged object at speed it can result in injury to those aboard the vessel or skiers, not to mention damage to the vessel itself. Lakes can be deceptively dangerous. If you’re unsure, play it safe and slow down.”

Seqwater has been working with the Queensland Police Service, Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol, Maritime Safety Queensland and other leading agencies to enforce safe and responsible behaviour on and off the water. Ms Blake said the drop in lake levels has already resulted in the closure of some boat ramps and restrictions placed on certain recreation activities at lakes.

“Before heading to one of our lakes, we advise people to plan ahead and visit the Seqwater website to confirm what activities are available at each lake,” Ms Blake said.

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