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Floodwater fun on jet skis

Jet skis in the flooded Mary River around the touch fields.
Jet skis in the flooded Mary River around the touch fields. Craig Warhurst

LOCAL lads took to the flood waters on jet skis in Gympie on Sunday and created a bit of a spectacle after setting up a water course on an inlet over the touch football oval.

A couple of anchored plastic containers were used as buoys, which the jet skiers zipped around for hours until long after the sun had set.

Police were called by a member of the public who reported that the jet skiers were damaging the touch football oval below Albert Park however, on assessing the situation officers decided to leave them to enjoy the high water levels.

While the officer in charge of Gympie police, Senior Sergeant Graeme Reeves said the jet skiers were "technically" breaking the law, investigating officers could see no damage being caused and no further action was taken.

Snr Sgt Reeves said any person can put a water craft or boat in the water when it flooded, but if they ended up in a rescue situation because of where they put the boat in, they could be charged for unsafe operation of a vessel.

"There is nothing illegal about jet skiing but they must maintain 6 knot speed limit or under as per your normal boating licence requirements," Snr Sgt Reeves said.

"And that's within 100 metres of the shore. They can't be free-styling on jet skis: making sudden changes in direction because it is actually an offence and could be charged with dangerous operation of a vessel."

With easy access to and from the river, the jet skis put on quite a show, whizzing in and out of the tops of trees, and later returned towing people on tubes.

Gympie Times

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