Calls for jet-skiers to be patrolled at popular Lee-on-the-Solent beach

DANGER Jetskiers intimidate a couple on a small yacht in Lee-on-the-Solent
DANGER Jetskiers intimidate a couple on a small yacht in Lee-on-the-Solent
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CALLS have been made for more patrolling of jet-skiers at a popular beach.

Neighbours who live near the seafront at Lee-on-the-Solent say action should be taken against some jet-skiers who act recklessly.

Jet-skiers are permitted to use the slipway at the former Daedalus airfield to launch their skis.

But there are rules about how they are supposed to launch and speed limits in certain areas.

One man, who lives nearby but did not want to be named, took a photograph of a yacht being surrounded by jet-skiers and sent it to The News.

He said: ‘The situation with the jet-skiers is now a nightmare. There is continual chaos and danger both on the slipway and in the water and the noise of the engines is horrendous.

‘The jet-skiers have now claimed the slipway as their own and intimidate others who wish to use it.

‘They rarely use their own area but use the transit lane as their own personal recreational area and dangerously race around in it.

‘All these actions take place at very high speeds.

‘All the nice summer weekends so far this year have been ruined.’

There is a designated jet-ski area at Lee-on-the-Solent.

Councillor Graham Burgess is the Hampshire county councillor for Lee.

He says the yacht in the photograph had strayed into the jet-skiers’ area and should not have been there.

But Cllr Burgess has met Hampshire Constabulary’s marine unit, the Ministry of Defence’s marine policing unit and the Queen’s Harbour Master (QHM) to discuss jet-skiers.

‘I am happy for jet-skiers to use the place, we just want them to conform to the simple and straightforward rules,’ he said.

‘I had a meeting with QHM and the marine units about boats coming around to check on the jet-skiers,

‘A lot of the perceived problem with jet-skiers used to be the noise but these bigger ones are very much quieter.

‘But the issue we have is safety with the launching and recovering of the boats from the slipway.’

Cllr Burgess said he is meeting with the Homes and Communities Agency to discuss more ways of making jet-skiing safer in the area.

The Solent Skiers Association provides information for jet-skiers on how to stay safe. Go to solentskiers.org.uk for more.