Watch out for debris from up the creek

THE big wet on the Coffs Coast has resulted in large amounts of debris washed out to sea from our creeks and rivers.

Sergeant Don Stewart from Coffs Harbour water police said boat operators needed to be mindful of the potential navigation hazards.

“There's logs, trees, all sorts of debris, even the possibility of deceased animals at the moment,” Sgt Stewart said.

“I've heard that Bellingen and other areas have lost livestock in the floods, so there could be carcasses out there.”

He said the Coffs Harbour Coastal Patrol had been called out on Wednesday afternoon to retrieve a log off Muttonbird Island. Some debris had even been reported as far out to sea as South Solitary Island.

“We need people to keep a good lookout of what's in front of them, especially with the weekend coming up,” Sgt Stewart said.

“If it's a good weekend, there will be lots of boats out and it will take a couple of weekends for the debris to clear away.”



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