Avoid the shallows

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RECREATIONAL boat operators should take care not to run aground in shallows at the entrance of Patterson River after unseasonal conditions increased natural sand movements.

Parks Victoria has warned vessel operators to “navigate with extreme caution” and check water depths, weather and tides before setting out on the water.

“The latest survey has indicated water depths at the entrance of Patterson River have reduced significantly in a short period of time due to recent conditions in Port Phillip,” Parks Victoria acting regional director Victor Teoh said.

“Some areas of the entrance have registered depths as low as -0.7m (chart datum).”

A dredge vessel, currently working at Portarlington, will make its way to Patterson River to dredge more sand at the river mouth soon.

See parks.vic.gov.au or call 13 19 63 for more information.

First published in the Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News – 9 August 2017

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