Appeal to help draw up Jet ski code

Water users on the Exe Estuary are being called on to help draw up a new code of conduct for Jet Skiers.

Last month, concerns about the personal watercraft led to the Exe Estuary Partnership (EEMP), council representatives and some Jet Skiers, agreeing to back the plans.

Stephanie Clark, EEMP’s Exe Estuary officer, said concerns raised were speeding above the 10-knot limit, and Jet Skiers not using the designated area.

Other complaints were Jet Skiers going dangerously close to other estuary users, as well as parking on the foreshore which, she said, posed a risk to a protected wildlife habitat.

The final draft of the new code, which includes information on estuary bye-laws and how to safely use the craft, should be ready by next month, and would be promoted by the newly reintroduced Exe patrol boat.

Ms Clark said: “We are now receiving comments on the draft code of conduct, and will produce the final version in about a month.

“We welcome comments from the public. Anyone interested should contact me via email.”

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