21 Oct 2010
Avoid running through or close to patches of floating weed.
Keep well clear of these weed patch areas because movement of increasing levels of water is dislodging larger amounts of weed. While floating weed may not appear to be a navigation hazard it could tangle in your propeller, cause trouble for anyone being towed behind your vessel, or potentially disguise other more solid objects that may be floating just under the surface.
As water flow increases, this weed will migrate along the river posing a hazard to boats, including the possibility of damaging propellers and water intakes. Blocked water intakes can affect an engine cooling system, resulting in breakdown.
Vessels propelled by water, such as personal watercraft (also known as jet skis) and some ski boats, can ingest large amounts of weed into the propulsion system. This will result in a lack of power, a lack of steering and a time-consuming cleaning exercise as well as a potentially expensive repair.
Water skiers should also avoid this weed to reduce the likelihood of a fall and lessen the potential for serious injury.
For more information about river safety, visit sa.gov.au/boatingmarine
If you see hazards such as river weeds, please report them to Murray Watch on 8531 0710.