Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Swift River Patrolled by Police; Officers Keep Boaties Safe

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Swift River Patrolled by Police; Officers Keep Boaties Safe

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Byline: Michelle Gately michelle.gately@capnews.com.au

HE'S been on the water his whole life, but even Sergeant Jeff Barnett felt apprehensive about entering the swift-moving Fitzroy River on Wednesday.

Sgt Barnett has been leading a team of divers and water police patrolling the river and flooded areas of Rockhampton each day.

Daily duties involve checking in on people still living on vessels in the southern reaches of the mighty river.

"They've got food and provisions, but there have been some dramas with them trying to come ashore and re-provision," he said.

"We had to help a couple of gentlemen yesterday (Wednesday) so they could get supplies and medical things, just to hold them over during that.

"We understand that not everybody lives in a house, some people live in boats.

"Preparations were made, they had plenty of notice; however some people remained on their boats to look after their homes."

While Sgt Barnett said they were understanding of why people would choose to remain on their boats, it was an added stress for officers. …

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