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New signs make up part of safety guidelines for jet skis

19th August 2010 | Health and Safety Signs

New safety initiatives have been outlined to help protect swimmers and enable jet skis on Dovercourt Bay.

The short-term plans include new signs, issuing byelaws to riders and setting up a power boat, Harwich and Manningtrees Standard reported.

It is expected that these will be put into place before the end of next year.

Further plans will also be put in place for next season. These include new yellow buoys outlining the launching channel, which will make the area safer.

Stephen Mayzes, Tendring Council's cabinet member for leisure, explained that fears were raised at the Harwich Town Council meeting about jet skis riding too close to swimmers.

"Once this was brought to our attention we looked at what could be done with immediate effect to address this issue, as well as what we can do longer term," he told the paper.

"We will follow through in 2011 with the measures put in place this year and also introduce others."

Jet skis are also used to help increase the safety of coastal areas. Supervisors and Royal National Lifeboat Institute volunteer lifeboat crew use jet skis to help them patrol Norfolk's tourist beaches, reported.ADNFCR-2754-ID-800031360-ADNFCR


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