New code for Jet Skiers

Jet skiers using The Exe are being urged to sign up to a new code of conduct - to stop speeding and dangerous use.

It follows a meeting between the Exe Estuary Partnership (EEMP), council representatives and some jet skiers, who backed the proposals.

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 new code, which includes information on estuary bye-laws and how to safely use the craft, would be promoted by the newly reintroduced Exe patrol boat.

Ms Clark said: “The partnership works with users and communities to find a balance of interests and work to resolve issues where they arise.

“We hope we can encourage people to work together to resolve the current issues regarding certain jet skiers and will be raising awareness about safe use of the estuary.”

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For more information, contact Stephanie at exeestua@devon.gov.uk

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