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Police target jet-ski riders

by Suraya Saleh
The Redland Times – 22/12/2008

WATER police will target jet-skis on the water this summer, following a barrage of complaints from swimmers and other boat owners.

Sergeant Lucas Young, Officer-in-Charge of Wynnum District Water Police, said there was concern about the behaviour of jet-ski riders around Tingalpa Creek, Wellington Point Reserve, Horseshoe Bay and Coochiemudlo Island.

“There’s been a marked increase in complaints regarding jet-skis freestyling too close to swimmers in the water, moored vessels or pontoons,” he said.

“If they’re within 60 metres of any of these things, they need to be doing six knots per hour.”

The warning comes as water police step up patrols as part of the annual Summersafe marine enforcement campaign.

Sgt Young urged boaties to ensure they had the correct safety equipment such as lifejackets, flares, a V-sheet and, on vessels more than five metres long, a fire extinguisher.

“If the weather is good, we notice a vast increase in people on the bay over the school holidays, particularly during the Christmas and New Year period,” he said.

“The onus is on the master to ensure that the safety gear is on the vessel, up to date and easily accessible.”

Sgt Young reminded boaties that the same .05 blood-alcohol limit applied on the water as on the road, even in small tender boats used to ferry passengers from large vessels to shore.

He also advised boat owners to plan their trips, check the weather before leaving, log on with the VMR or Coast Guard and tell a friend or family member where they were going. WATER police will target jet-skis on the water this summer, following a barrage of complaints from swimmers and other boat owners.

Sergeant Lucas Young, Officer-in-Charge of Wynnum District Water Police, said there was concern about the behaviour of jet-ski riders around Tingalpa Creek, Wellington Point Reserve, Horseshoe Bay and Coochiemudlo Island.

“There’s been a marked increase in complaints regarding jet-skis freestyling too close to swimmers in the water, moored vessels or pontoons,” he said.

“If they’re within 60 metres of any of these things, they need to be doing six knots per hour.”

The warning comes as water police step up patrols as part of the annual Summersafe marine enforcement campaign.

Sgt Young urged boaties to ensure they had the correct safety equipment such as lifejackets, flares, a V-sheet and, on vessels more than five metres long, a fire extinguisher.

“If the weather is good, we notice a vast increase in people on the bay over the school holidays, particularly during the Christmas and New Year period,” he said.

“The onus is on the master to ensure that the safety gear is on the vessel, up to date and easily accessible.”

Sgt Young reminded boaties that the same .05 blood-alcohol limit applied on the water as on the road, even in small tender boats used to ferry passengers from large vessels to shore.

He also advised boat owners to plan their trips, check the weather before leaving, log on with the VMR or Coast Guard and tell a friend or family member where they were going.

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