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Speed limits on water near Swale and Medway as part of measures to clamp down on ‘reckless’ jet skiers

Speed limits will be enforced in the sea this summer to stop “reckless” jet ski riders.

Swale council has joined forces with Peel Ports and HM coastguard to form the Swale Personal Watercraft Partnership (PWP).

Jet skiers are being warned of reckless behaviour in the water this summer. Picture: Tony Flashman
Jet skiers are being warned of reckless behaviour in the water this summer. Picture: Tony Flashman

It aims to warn beachgoers against dangerous jet ski use across the borough.

Peel Ports, based at Sheerness Docks, is to carry out enforcement days across Medway and Swale to ensure riders are not behaving dangerously.

Measures to combat the issue include installing an 8-knot speed limit in Queenborough Harbour and a 6-knot limit upriver of Folly Point near Hoo.

Chairman of the environment and climate change committee at Swale council, Rich Lehmann (Green, Boughton and Courtenay), says punishments will be dished out to those culpable of being a menace.

“As summer approaches, we know people will want to get out into the water and take advantage of the warmer weather," he said.

Cllr Rich Lehmann
Cllr Rich Lehmann

“But it is important for jet ski users to understand their responsibilities to make sure they aren’t risking their, or anyone else’s, lives.

“You need to observe the speed limits, keep your distance from wildlife and other people enjoying the water and ensure you are trained.

“If you are caught riding recklessly or, even worse, hurt anyone, you will face unlimited fines and possible jail time.

“We need to work together to avoid tragedies in the water and make sure everyone can enjoy our borough’s beautiful coastline.”

Wild riders can now face up to two years in prison and unlimited fines under new national legislation implemented by the government in March last year.

Head of marine at Peel Ports London Medway, Ian Mill, added: “As the statutory harbour authority, responsible for the safety of navigation, we always encourage safe and enjoyable use of the River Medway and Swale.

"We will continue our work with our local partners to ensure that any irresponsible, reckless or dangerous behaviour is dealt with in the appropriate manner, using all available powers.

"This year we have doubled the number of patrols compared to last year and will be focusing our efforts in both educating, as well as enforcing, our by-laws."

Swale council is urging people to contact their local harbour master should they require more information about the activity.

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