18 Mar 2011
Higher water flow into the River Murray has also meant a significant increase in the amount of debris in the water. Submerged items, such as the large pipe featured in the photo below, have the potential to cause major damage to a river vessel.
The length of pipe, initially sighted at Sunnyside, was found five kilometres downstream just one hour later. It was floating almost fully submerged and two passes through the area were required to locate it.
The pipe had a half drum covering one end and is believed to have been used as a grey water tank or pontoon. A slight bend in the pipe meant only the tip of each end was visible above the surface.
“We urge all vessel owners to be on the lookout for debris such as this – it has the potential to cause significant damage to outboard engines, propellers, skegs and rudders,” said Brian Hemming, Director, Transport Safety Regulation.
“It could also quickly breach a hull made of light construction or weak material,” he said.
Vessel owners should follow these guidelines regarding debris in the river:
Small items should be removed, then safely disposed of after mooring. If the item cannot be removed, it should be secured to the river bank.
Any large pieces of debris that represent a navigation hazard should be reported to Murray Watch on 8532 0720 for prompt assessment and removal.