Cam­eras nab bad boat­ies

The West Australian - - NEWS - Shan­non Hamp­ton

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.

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