JET SKIERS have been warned that training and experience are essential following three rescues made by a volunteers at Broughty Ferry harbour last week.
A male jet skier was rescued by Coastwatch volunteers at the harbour on the Friday afternoon.
The unidentified man ran into difficulties when his second-hand jet ski’s engine stopped while in the harbour. Coastwatch volunteers had to intervene to stop him and his machine drifting out into the River Tay.
Gareth Norman, Coastwatch manager, said: “The man launched his jet ski and took it out into the harbour but the engine just coughed and spluttered. He then went out again and we had to throw him a line.
“Thankfully he realised there was a problem and went home.”
On the Monday, two men had to be rescued from the harbour with one of them not having the appropriate clothing for jet skiing. And on the Thursday a jet skier who had broken his leg after hitting a wave also had to be rescued.
Mr Norman urged that people who use jet skis and other small craft should make sure they get the correct training and are aware of the rules of the harbour.
Dundee East MP Stewart Hosie stressed that it was important for people who use jet skis to be properly trained and equipped when using them on the river.
He said: “Most jetskiers are responsible and obey the local guidelines and ski-ing zones on the Tay.
“However these are powerful machines and it is essential that people using them should have them checked to ensure they are in proper working order and, of course, that they have experience in using the craft before venturing onto open water.”
“I would strongly recommend that anyone who wants to ‘have a go’ first contacts Tayjet, the personal watercraft club whose members are assiduous in promoting safety and practice on the river for people using jet-skis.”
Peter Cornall, head of leisure safety for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, said: “One of the issues regarding jet ski regulation is that they are not covered under the maritime regulations because they are not classed as a boat.
“Although there is no requirement for licensing or insurance, they are no different to any other boat.
“For people who want to buy or use a jet ski, RoSPA recommends that they go on a Royal Yachting Association training course.”