|Jet-ski riders come close to the no-go zone at Port Melbourne after an accident at the same beach on Friday night. Photo: Rebecca Hallas|
This tragedy and will certainly have repercussions for policing with respect to regulations for water craft 200m from shore and in proximity of swimmers. There are even calls for Jetskis to be banned on Port Phillip Bay, as they have been on Sydney Harbour.
In addition, a helmet cam video taken by a windsurfer recently records a near miss with a Jetski a long way out in the Bay. One would think the Jetski rider could see a windsurfer its sail, which begs the question as to whether he came so close deliberately.
Here is the video footage. You can see the Jetski very nearly hit the windsurfer.
I encourage all Jetski riders (and other water users, including kitesurfers) to follow the regulations relating to personal water craft. This means respecting:
- Observing Right of way rules
- Observing Clearance rules and usage zones
- Keeping out of No Go zones.
- Man dies after jet ski incident, Victoria Police Online News Centre
- Jet-ski victim unlikely to survive, The Age
- Metres from deadly crash: jet-ski fears heighten, The Age
- Man's death sparks calls for jet ski hoon laws, ABC News
- Swimmer's jet ski death prompts calls for tests, insurance regulation, Herald Sun
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