Irish Coastguard slams jet ski users for ‘unacceptable behaviour’


The Irish Coastguard has slammed jet ski users for “unacceptable behaviour” at a popular Dublin bathing spot.

The Dun Laoghaire branch of the Irish Coast Guard took to Twitter to post a video of four jet ski users driving their vehicles close to swimmers at the popular Forty Foot location.

Under local laws, jet skis are not permitted to be operated within 300 meters of high and low tides to ensure the safety of beachgoers.

The Irish Coastguard has slammed jet ski users for “unacceptable behaviour” at a popular Dublin bathing spot. Photo: Twitter.

The four jet skiers cross the water within 100m of the Forty Foot bathers in the video, leading the Irish Coastguard to post a Tweet.

‘Unacceptable behavior of jet skis operating dangerously at Forty Foot on 10.8.22.

“Under the DLR Beach Bye Laws 2012, jet skis must not be operated within 300 yards of the foreshore and can only be operated before 10am and after 7.30pm,” they said.

Fianna Fail’s spokesperson for Dublin, Cormac Devlin TD, responded in the comments to the tweet saying he would be contacting Gardai about the matter.

‘Our regulations must be enforced for the safety of all sea swimmers and other activities of diving, sailing etc. – the laws, he said.

Many others in the responses criticized the jet skiers’ actions and called for enforcement of existing laws.

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One person said: ‘It’s a matter of time before someone gets killed. They can reach up to 50mph+ and a clown with little to no experience or respect for the safety of others – a recipe for disaster.

Another added: ‘No point in having laws or regulations unless you have the means to enforce them.

While one person wrote: ‘Ban Jet Skis. A selfish jet ski user ruins everyone’s beach fun with noise pollution and fumes. Too close to shore and they are a huge safety risk.

Polly watches her owner Colm Baumann dive at Forty Foot in Dublin. Photo: Fran Veale

Elsewhere, as the country is in the midst of another summer heat wave, Acting CMO Professor Breda Smyth urged the nation to ‘be mindful of others around you’ during the hot weather spell.

“The unusually warm weather we are experiencing at the moment is a time for all of us to enjoy the outdoors, but I would encourage people to be very careful when out in the sun over the next few days,” he said. she declared.

A nationwide yellow status high temperature warning has been issued by Met Eireann from 12 p.m. on Friday until 6 a.m. on Sunday.


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