Marine Safety Queensland chief urges caution to sailors in Moreton Bay

Once pristine, today Moreton Bay may have submerged hazards and shifted navigational buoys - photo Matthew Watt
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The Chief of Maritime Safety Queensland is urging sailors wishing to enter or transit Moreton Bay, to where Brisbane's floods have carried large amounts of debris, to observe extreme caution.

General Manager Patrick Quirk has urged all boaties wanting to transit northern Moreton Bay and river precincts to do so only in daylight hours.

'We've been working hard to clear debris and the situation is improving, but we’re urging anyone who needs to go out on the water especially in northern parts of Moreton Bay to be extra vigilant and attentive,' Mr Quirk said.

'It's important to be aware that there is still likely to be submerged objects floating just below the surface.

'Extra precautions boaties can take in northern Moreton Bay include going out on the water in daylight hours only and at reduced speeds.

'It is important to keep well clear of any debris and also the vessels that continue to work on clearing debris.

'In addition, some navigational aids may be out of position, topmarks missing and lights not working.

'Remember, safety first, for yourself, your passengers and others waterways.

'Southern Moreton Bay and offshore waters have been less impacted but it's still important to be extra vigilant and keep a good visual outlook.'

For further information please visit www.msq.qld.gov.au.