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A BOAT explosion at
Ramco Point caused a stir
among holidaying visitors
on the river over the holiday
Vacationers from Adelaide
and onlookers received a shock
when their speedboat seemingly
spontaneously exploded while
on the water just after 1pm on
Thursday, December 28.
Three people were in the
boat at the time and another
three were being pulled behind
on a tube.
Those in the boat sustained
minor burns from the incident,
but were largely unharmed.
Local emergency services at-
tended the scene, where the re-
mains of the boat were brought
to the shore.
The cause of the minor ex-
plosion and subsequent fire is
yet to be confirmed, but Waik-
erie Country Fire Service (CFS)
captain Shaun Arnold said it
is believed to have been caused
when a fuel leak fell on the hot
On Christmas Eve, around
8.15am, Waikerie CFS received
a call-out to a vehicle fire.
A man allegedly pulled out
of Smith Drive, Waikerie, where
he hit a tree opposite the road
and his vehicle then caught fire.
When emergency services
arrived on the scene, the driver
had allegedly attempted to flee,
and the tree he hit had also
It was further discovered
that the car burst a domestic
line water pipe.
The driver was apprehend-
ed and the fire was contained
before it reached a nearby
Boat explosion and car fire kept emergency services busy over the silly season ...
THE remains of the boat that exploded on the river at Ramco Point on
A car hit a tree and caught fire on Christmas Eve coming out of
Smith Drive, Waikerie.
PHOTO: Erin Williams
CONTINUED FROM FRONT
“I wouldn’t say there was a spike in
speeding, or drink or drug driving over the
holiday period,” Superintendent Blandford
“People are getting the hint that they
can have a great time, but they don’t have a
great time at the expense of anybody else.
“The drink driving overall – we’ve still
got some work to do.
“There’s always going to be idiots out
there, that’s what it comes down to.
“There remains this disconnect between
a normally sensible individual and the same
individual who gets behind the wheel of
a car, and suddenly all the sensibility and
maturity seems to go out the window.”
Over the New Year long weekend, several
drivers across the Murray Mallee continued
to do the wrong thing on the roads.
In the Riverland West, a 25-year-old
Cadell man was stopped by police on Jemi-
son Street, Waikerie, where he provided
positive readings for cannabis and meth-
Superintendent Blandford said police
remain disappointed any time people are
speeding or drink driving over the holidays.
“The whole New Year’s Eve went remark-
ably smoothly, but there are still people out
there who can’t organise their lives so they
can get to where they are going without
driving when they have been drinking,”
“And they still risk it.
“Then there are people who go out with a
clearly determined plan to drink lots of alco-
hol and then get behind the wheel of a car.”
State wide, police were active over the
holiday season on rural highways and
main roads leading in and out of Adelaide
reporting 2076 speeding offences, 270 drivers
under the influence of drugs, and 268 drink
Six people died on South Australian
roads, and 25 people sustained serious inju-
ries in crashes and will spend the beginning
of 2018 recuperating.
Superintendent Blandford said at the end
of the day, police are still trying to drive a
change into culture and behaviour.
“I’m quite sure that the families who
have lost loves ones to road trauma, and
particularly the people who have died inno-
cently by road trauma, would have wished
the cops had enforced harder on reckless or
stupid behaviour,” he said.
‘Remarkably smooth’ New Year roads
UPPER LEVEL LOWER LEVEL FLOW
it has taken back
ownership of the Crusta
Fruit Juices Site at
Ramco, after selling it to
Coca-Cola Amatil in 2004.
Robert Lochert seized
the opportunity to buy the
site back from Amatil for
the benefit of the region.
The purchase of the
site is good news for local
growers, as Lochert Bros
has made arrangements to
process many thousands
of tonnes of oranges.
Arrangements are also
in place to store and grade
seed potatoes, storage of
almonds and nuts, as well
as the frozen storage of
The site has extensive
cool room, freezer and dry-
storage capacity, and is the
only Riverland-based pro-
cessing plant able to handle
large volumes of bulk citrus
for storage and distribution.
The purchase includes
the land, buildings, and
all the juicing plant and
storage facilities, but not
the Crusta brand name or
Lochert Bros plans to
talk to growers about ad-
ditional supplies of both
navel and Valencia oranges
for 2018 and beyond.
Crusta site back in Lochert’s hands
THE Crusta Fruit Juices site at Rmamco has been bought by
the Lochert Bros.
PHOTO: Erin Williams
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