Boats endanger swimmers at Milang

13 January 2012

Speeding boats have been reported endangering the life of swimmers in a channel at Milang.

A resident has contacted the department complaining of boats speeding past people in the water over the New Year period.

The problem highlights the need for boat owners to understand and comply with speed limits when swimmers, or people in small un-powered craft, are present.

All vessels must travel at 4 knots within 50 metres of a person in the water.

This restriction applies to all waters and in all conditions.

Anyone concerned with vessels disobeying the speed limit law can report an incident as a witness.

The report must include the date, time and registration number of the boat, and preferably additional witnesses and a description of the operator.

The information can be passed on to the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure.

For more information on boat speeds visit

A video explaining techniques to estimate boat speed is available on On Deck.