27 May 2011
Recent incidents on the River Murray give a sobering reminder of the potential danger of current river conditions.
In one incident a man was thrown from his tinnie about 15km south of Morgan when he encountered a mini-whirlpool.
The motor of the boat had locked and the vessel continued to circle as it was carried downstream.
SES crews retrieved the boat about 5km downstream from Scott Creek. Fortunately the man was not injured and the boat was undamaged.
River users must be extra cautious of the changing conditions, Transport Safety Regulation Director, Brian Hemming, said.
“Stronger than normal flows into the River Murray due to the waters from interstate are creating unusual river conditions," he said.
"We are encouraging everyone to wear their Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) when out on the River and to monitor children both on and near the water's edge at all times.
"My advice is that if your child is on the deck they should be wearing a PFD. Its too late to put it on once they're in the water."
For a reminder of the important steps that must be followed if you witness or are operating a boat that is involved in an incident please go to the reporting boat incidents page.