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Department of Transport Appeals for safe and responsible use of Jetskis and Fast Craft 21 July 2006

The Harbours Division of the Department of Transport is reminding all operators and owners of jetskis and other fast craft that they have an obligation to navigate their craft in a safe and responsible manner.

Owners and operators should also be aware that they must steer clear of certain areas near beaches that are set aside for the exclusive use of bathers. Irresponsible use of such craft within bathing areas could result in prosecution. Jetskis and other craft may launch from Harbour slipways, however operators are required to pay Slipway Dues which can be settled at any Harbour Office. The current rate for 2006/07 is £6.58 per metre including VAT.

Regardless of where jetskis and other craft are launched, all are required to be registered under the Registration of Pleasure Craft Act 1974.

Captain Michael Brew, Director of Harbours comments,

“It is great to see so many people enjoying the hot weather out on the water, however we do have a responsibility to make sure the correct procedures are maintained to protect the safety of the public and maximise enjoyment for everyone.”

Further information can be obtained from any Harbour Office where staff can offer guidance on basic safety measures. Coastguard Officers on patrol will also be pleased to offer help and advice when requested. Alternatively, members of the public can call Douglas Harbour Control on 686628.

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