Police and Emergency Services were called to the Murrumbidgee River at Jugiong last week. A male and female kayaker from the ACT found themselves in trouble when they got caught up in a tree in the middle of the river, in fast-flowing water.
Yass Police Inspector Dave Cowell said Volunteer Rescue Association, (VRA) SES Swift Water Rescue and the police went to the river and located them.
The couple was rescued without incident and taken back to shore.
“Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve now had four fatal crashes in the Hume Police District,” Dave said.
The crashes covered a broad area with incidents in Marulan, Bowral, Tuena and Robinson.
In a broad message to the wider community, Dave said they just want people to drive a lot more carefully.
“We are urging motorists to drive safely and to the conditions,” he said. “Don’t drive while alcohol or drug-affected, don’t drive while you’re tired and get rid of those distractions such
as mobile phones out of the cabin of your vehicle.”
NSW Police are running a state-wide traffic operation from midnight Thursday, January 20 until midnight Tuesday, February 1.
The operation is targeting speed, alcohol, drugs, fatigue, seatbelts, and distractions.
Locally in Yass residents can expect to see more police in the area for speed enforcement and RBTs.
Dave said he’s not expecting any increases in alcohol-related crime throughout today’s public holiday.
Police will be taking a zero-tolerance approach to any antisocial or unlawful alcohol-related activities. Keep in mind that if you’re at licensed premises and are asked to leave but refuse to, it can be a $550 fine.
By Brianna O’Rourke