Jet skis leave trouble in wake

BERNIE Gabriel has called for parts of the Tweed River to have official speed limits due to an increase in the number of powerful craft on the water.

Mr Gabriel, president of the Point Danger Volunteer Marine Rescue, said he has noticed a dramatic increase in the number of jet skis on the Tweed River since the Gold Coast cracked down on their use.

According to Mr Gabriel, areas such as the Terranora Inlet, which are currently “no-wash zones”, needed to have official speed limits to avoid confusion.

He said it would also send a clear message to power craft users, especially jet skis, which can travel at high speeds without creating a large wake.

“If you have got speed limits everyone knows they are not supposed to be going faster than that.

“The authorities can also react accordingly to those who break the law.”

Mr Gabriel has suggested an eight-knot speed limit for several areas of the river and said he had discussed the issue with the local New South Wales Waterways officer.

A spokesman for NSW Maritime said the department welcomed any suggestions to makewaterways safer.

The spokesman said it was a minority of jet skis riders who chose to ignore boating rules, making the water less-safe for everyone.

“If jet ski riders observed the existing restrictions and requirements, a good number of complaints we get would not exist.”

He said the public could report any incidents to NSW Maritime by phoning a 24-hour hotline on 13 12 56.



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