19 March 2013
The recent collision of a jet ski with a submerged fence in the Lower Lakes is a reminder of the dangers of hazards in the area.
In early March a jet ski hit an object in the northern part of Lake Alexandrina, near Tolderol Game Reserve.
The object was a submerged fence, installed during the drought to contain stock that had to venture further into the lake for a drink.
Fortunately the jet skier wasn’t injured.
Submerged fences are common throughout the Lower Lakes and can extend up to 200 metres into the lake.
Owners have often removed the wire, however the posts remain.
Most hazards in the popular areas of the lakes, such as Meningie and Boggy Lake, have been marked by the local Transport Safety Compliance Officer.
However, as it’s not possible to mark all submerged fences in every part of the lake, all boaters are reminded to take care, particularly close to shore.
Check the River Murray hazards page regularly for the location of known water hazards.