With the early fall of snow this year, boaters are being reminded to be prepared for cold water if they head out on Lake Burrinjuck in the coming weeks.
Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman said lake temperatures were likely to fall to about 9 or 10 degrees and could be colder in shallow bays or inlets.
“Freezing water can be a shock to the system and can cause temporary paralysis,” Ms Tuckerman said.
“This is often a factor in fatal and serious injuries on the water, so it is important to always wear a life jacket.
“Lifejackets not only give you time to recover or wait for assistance, but it can also provide some thermal protection allowing you to conserve energy.
“If you’re heading out, it’s also beneficial to wear thermal clothing that isn’t too heavy and to check the weather.”
Between 2007 and 2018 62 per cent of incidents which occurred on alpine waters resulted in a fatality or serious injury compared to 21 per cent in other waterways.
The NSW Government is committed to a 30 per cent reduction in fatal and serious injuries on NSW waterways by 2021, with an ultimate goal of Towards Zero by 2056. 2017-2021.
For more information on staying safe around cold water visit: www.maritimemanagement.transport.nsw.gov.au