28 March 2014
The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) advises that the Oceanlinx Ltd wave energy generator, currently stranded approximately one kilometre off Carrickalinga Beach in the Encounter Marine Park, is posing a
significant safety risk.
DPTI Manager, Marine Services, Joe Rositano urges the community to stay well away from the structure.
"There is a significant safety risk in this location for the community, particularly as this popular holiday spot will become a hive of activity during the busy school holiday period," he said.
"The structure is designed to convert wave energy and in certain conditions can create a vortex where snorkellers, divers and swimmers could be dragged beneath the surface.
“Kayaking or canoeing in the area is also very dangerous.
"Please stay clear of this area and adhere to any restrictions."
The State Government is working with the owners, insurers and the District Council of Yankalilla to ensure the structure is clearly marked as a navigational hazard for boat operators and to determine the most appropriate course of action.
Marine Safety Officers will mark the area with buoys.
A Government Gazette 'Notice to Mariners' was published on Thursday, 13 March to notify marine operators of the wave generator's temporary location, characteristics and advice to exercise extreme caution in the area.
Notice to mariners