Cameras nab bad boaties
New surveillance cameras at Swan River boating hotspots have caught boat owners displaying a dangerous disregard for the rules, with the number of fines and warnings issued for illegal behaviour almost tripling in the first month of operation.
The Department of Transport installed CCTV cameras at the Narrows Bridge, Deepwater Point in Mt Pleasant and Bicton’s Point Walter in October after a successful trial at Belmont’s water ski area in the first half of the year.
In the month to November 28, the footage led to 140 infringements and cautions being issued, compared with just 49 at the same locations last year.
Alarming footage was released yesterday of a jetskier illegally towing a skier at Narrows Bridge without an observer, with the video showing the pair narrowly avoiding a collision with another vessel.
A boat owner was also captured illegally towing an inflatable tube at Belmont without a proper lookout.
Personal watercraft users at the Narrows Bridge were the worst offenders, with 62 offences detected at the popular site, following by Belmont (42) and Point Walter (31).
The most common offence was failing to wear a lifejacket, with 39 fines or cautions issued, while 35 people were caught speeding and 27 were nabbed in areas set aside for swimmers.
One of the new surveillance cameras caught this boatie illegally towing a mate on an inflatable.