Police patrol River Murray during summer holidays

Officers patrol the River Murray at Swan Reach as part of Operation Riversafe. Photo: SA Police.

Officers patrol the River Murray at Swan Reach as part of Operation Riversafe. Photo: SA Police.

Just the thought of a lazy summer afternoon on the River Murray is enough to entice thousands of holidaymakers to come and visit each year.

The trick is making sure they enjoy their trips and get home safely, according to SA Police.

Officers have been out in force on the river since December 27, carrying out Operation Riversafe, which focuses on safe boating practices.

Murray Mallee Superintendent James Blandford said police were approaching boat and jetski operators, passengers and skiers to make sure they were wearing life jackets, held the appropriate licences, and limited their alcohol intake while at the tiller.

The same 0.05 blood alcohol limit applies on the river and the road, as does a ban on driving under the influence of illicit drugs.

"Police appreciate that the river is a wonderful place to visit during the summer holidays, but we want to make sure everyone gets home safe," Superintendent Blandford said.

"The skipper and the registered owner (of a vessel) are both responsible for passenger safety and for ensuring that the vessel is seaworthy.

"Make sure your vessel has all the necessary equipment and meets all regulatory requirements - then we can all have a fun and safe time on the river."

  • More information: Search for the South Australian Recreational Boating Safety Handbook at www.sa.gov.au.

He should have said something

A 41-year-old Murray Mallee man has been arrested for breaching his obligations under the Child Sex Offenders Registration Act.

Police arrested him on Saturday, January 11 and charged him with four counts of breaching his reporting obligations to the Commissioner of Police, and four counts of failing to tell a parent or guardian about a serious registrable offender charge.

Under the act, a "serious registrable offender" is someone who who has been sentenced for two or more child sex offences, or who is at risk of committing more offences.

The man was refused bail and was due to face court in Murray Bridge on Monday.

Thieves hit cricket club

Police are seeking information from the public as they investigate a break-in at Monarto Cricket Club's rooms on Cooke Street, Murray Bridge on Tuesday night.

Between 1pm on Tuesday and 11.30am on Wednesday, someone broke in and stole cash, alcohol and electronic equipment, including two iPads and a tablet.

Anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area should contact Crime Stoppers.