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Police warning after marine tragedy


A report will be prepared for the coroner after a man drowned at Deviot in wild conditions yesterday.

Police are issuing an urgent reminder about marine safety after the 66-year-old was pulled unconscious from the River Tamar, his life jacket unable to prevent the tragedy.

"At approximately 2:40pm on Wednesday the 9 th June 2021 a small vessel containing a single male occupant capsized in the Tamar River at Deviot whilst attempted to secure another vessel whose moorings had come loose," said Inspector Ruth Orr. 

"Tasmania Police would like to remind all boat users to be aware of local weather conditions and boat safety when using the water." 

Severe weather lashing the state's northeastern corner is forecast to ease late on Thursday.

Up to 10,000 homes and businesses lost power across the state's northern half on Wednesday night as the southeasterly stream hit; as of Thursday morning to around 1700 at locations including Latrobe, Penguin, Winkleigh, Lilydale and Pyengana. 

Flooding is also predicted for river catchments in the state's eastern half heading into the long weekend.