Media Release

12 Tips of Christmas: Take care when visiting inland waterways

Tuesday, 15 December 2020

During December 2019 and January 2020 four people drowned at inland waterways.

North Queensland Regional Operations Manager Jennifer Rees said swimming in inland waterways can be dangerous.

“In creeks, rivers and dams the water may look calm from the surface but there can be hidden dangers underneath,” she said.

“There may be strong currents, submerged objects and steep drop offs which could all cause serious injury.

“Often there are also slippery rocks around waterways, such as waterfalls, which may cause you to slip and fall into the water.”

Ms Rees said there are some simple steps people can follow when visiting inland waterways to ensure their safety.

“On arrival at your destination check conditions and abide by all safety signage,” she said.

“When entering the water never dive, always walk slowly feet first and take care of submerged rocks.

“Make sure you have a friend with you and let someone know where you are going.

“Following rainfall stay out of the water as there will be a high surge of water flowing through.”

If you see someone in difficulty in a waterway immediately call 000.

SLSQ encourages those who regularly visit isolated waterways to learn basic first aid and resuscitation skills so they can be prepared to respond in an emergency until help is able to reach them.

SLSQ reminds everyone to maintain 1.5 metres social distancing when visiting waterways this summer.  

“She’ll be right, won’t save your life.” Be a legend not a hero this summer by swimming between the red and yellow flags.  

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