Man thrown into water as boats crash on Richmond River

A BALLINA boat crash has prompted police to renew their calls for marine safety after a man was thrown overboard and rescued from the water.

The crash occurred just after 9.10pm on Saturday night, when a 62-year-old man driving a 3.5-metre aluminium tinny along the Richmond River hit a moored catamaran 200m west of North Creek.

The tinny was out of control with the motor's throttle locked on for two hours while a Jet Boat Rescue attempted to disable it.

Detective Superintendent Mark Hutchings said police would be out in force over the summer months to check operators of recreational and commercial vessels are compliant with marine laws.

"We will be checking all skippers adhere to the speed limits, respect fellow water users, and don't operate vessels under the influence of drugs or alcohol," he said.


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