Call for closure of slipway after jet ski trouble in Lee-on-the-Solent

DANGER A jetskier approaching swimmers
DANGER A jetskier approaching swimmers

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CONCERNS over the safety of jet skis have been raised after riders were spotted roaring past people in a swimmers-only area.

A nearby resident snapped the incidents this weekend, and similar ones, off the Daedalus slipway, in Lee-on-the-Solent.

He did not want to be named, but said lives are being put at risk and he wants the slipway closed.

He said: ‘Somebody’s going to get killed and they’re driving everyone away from this beach.

‘They are totally and utterly reckless. I rang the police three times on Sunday.’

Hampshire police’s marine patrol unit was called to the area and reported one person to the Queen’s Harbour Master, who is responsible for the area, after receiving a 999 call.

As reported last September, a resident called for patrols to monitor jet ski users.

Since then there have been meetings between the QHM, the Homes and Community Agency, which owns the slipway, the council, and Hampshire police.

At the end of April, new buoys and replacement signs were installed to point out the rules.

Jet skiers have a designated area to use but to get to it from the slipway have to go through a public area of the water.

Councillor John Beavis, ward member for Lee West, said the authorities had worked to make sure all jet skis are registered and there are regular patrols.

‘We’ve put lots in to place to make sure it is safe for people,’ he said. ‘When someone disobeys the rules, the police will be on to them.’

Commander Nigel Hare, Queen’s Harbour Master, said he has re-issued the rules.

‘We understand the concerns regarding the misuse of personal watercraft,’ he said. ‘Established areas allow people to use personal watercraft in designated areas in a safe way within regulations.’

He said he continues to work with local authorities and police to try to resolve the situation.